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Father’s Day read: An ode to the good dads and to one great book

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Yes, my father, Mark, in the middle in the back, owns more than one tie. That’s me on the left, my brother Will on the right and my brother John seated, around 1990. Contributed by Joe Gross

My father and I agree on a lot of things, but, to paraphrase Lester Bangs, another early hero of mine, we will never agree on anything the way we agree on a book called “The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading and Bubblegum Book,” by Brendan C. Boyd and Fred C. Harris.

It’s a jaw-droppingly funny book of arts criticism, sports writing and interrogation of the fannish urge all at once. Like the best writing about art or music or film or anything else, the book is as much about the cards as a vector for thoughts and jokes about childhood, baseball, life, the universe and everything as anything actually on the page.

Read more about how Joe Gross and his dad Mark bond over this book and about how Joe knew he had one of the good dads, in a story on our premium website.