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Image Hosted by Tonight on TDS, Pete Townshend, Who I Am; and on TCR,  Mark Kelly, Mousetronaut.
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Is it pre-holiday book release season already? I suppose things could be worse. Jon's guest is Pete Townshend (from The Who, kiddies), with ingeniously titled memoir Who I Am. Most of the stuff out there is various kinds of PR material, but some of it caught my eye. It's got an NYTimes review, of course, but it's one that doesn't markedly increase my respect for the paper (see link way down there beneath the calendar).

It'll probably be an entertaining interview.

And Stephen's got Gabby's husband Mark Kelly -- you know, the astronaut guy -- who's written a kids book. From Kirkus:

Diminutive size proves to be an advantage on a shuttle mission.

Meteor the mouse would dearly love to join the shuttle crew, but all the other mice know he’s too small. The human shuttle commander’s had his eye on Meteor, though, and seeing his motivation, chooses him for one of the six mouse spots. Meteor is such a “natural” in zero gravity, he’s allowed out of the cage, aka the Mouse Hotel. The human astronauts are busy on spacewalks and conducting experiments, but there’s not much for Meteor to do. When the key to the control panel becomes stuck in a tight spot, the commander says, “This isn’t good.” Human fingers are too thick, but Meteor saves the day. Kelly, a retired astronaut, puts his expertise to work, naturally sliding the tiniest details of life on a shuttle into his story. Even in space, astronauts answer email; it goes without saying that at least one of the astronauts is a woman; and who knew you needed keys on a space shuttle? (Probably appropriately, the exact role of the mice on the mission is never explored.) Payne has a good time with his illustrations, investing little Meteor with a suitably outsized personality and making his multicultural human shuttle crew look normal as normal can be—like Meteor, maybe child readers can become astronauts, too.

This little mouse may well inspire some big dreams.

Other reviews @ B&N, & 'excerpts' (four illustrated pages) up at the publisher.
Up this week:

Mo 10/8: Pete Townshend
Tu 10/9: Ben Affleck
We 10/10: Magic Johnson
Th 10/11: Paul Thomas Anderson


Mo 10/8: Mark Kelly
Tu 10/9: Morrissey
We 10/10: Naomi Wolf
Th 10/11: Chrystia Freeland

(listings and occasional links  via The Late Night TV Page, some links & more guest info available at,, and a judiciously-used

(Note: Whenever reading reviews from the NYTimes (particularly Janet Maslin), remember this.)

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