Harry Potter, Meet Lee Harvey Oswald
A lot of you will be trying to figure out how to cram the new Harry Potter book into your bag as you head to the beach this summer.
My book of choice is called "Reclaiming History" by Vincent Bugliosi--the guy who put Charles Manson behind bars and who spent untold years researching the JFK assassination before putting pen to paper. The result: 1,612 pages (including the index) on a soon-to-be 44 year old murder that shaped contemporary history,one that continues to fascinate me to no end.
I've barely scraped the surface--the work is split into two books, the first 319 pages chronologically detailing the November '63 weekend that Kennedy and his accused killer, Lee Harvey Oswald died. The second book delves entirely into various conspiracies, and why they're wrong. Bugliosi's conclusion: Oswald did it, all by himself.
You want detail? He's got it: Oswald liked having sex in front of a mirror, and his wife often taunted him about being a poor lover--certainly no match for a man she left behind during her promiscuous past in the Soviet Union. Oswald was so cheap he wouldn't buy garbage cans while living in New Orleans, opting instead for midnight runs to dump his trash in the neighbor's receptacles, all while wearing yellow gym trunks and flip-flops.
I'll cop to being a freak about Kennedy assassination--I have been since I was about ten years old. I never thought I could read enough about it--until now. This could be the last such book I ever buy--in part, because it'll probably take me the rest of my life to finish it.
If you see a guy at the beach, carrying what looks to be a concrete block, that'll just be me and my Kennedy book. I won't make jokes about your Potter tome if you don't break bad on me. Let us spend this summer, celebrating our geekdom.