September 30, 2009
The news offers little for the heart - the woman twittering about her miscarriage as if it's a sneeze, teens beating each other to death, young people dying in wars, someone spreads a false rumour about an abducted child, thievery, murder, and all the mayhems large and small, the news touts it all as new, but it's not new - the world has always had wars and sorrows and people causing harm, and coldness disguised as progress. What I like are blogs. The news tells me this is how it is. Blogs tell me about artists and poets, readers and thinkers, joys and amusements, hilarity and depth of feeling, shadow-sheer thoughts and profound life events. Give me the six o'clock blog peeks over the news anyday - although I still need the weatherman (even though I know which way the wind blows, thank you, BD).
September 27, 2009
I hate tricks. At the first sign of a trick or gimmick in a piece of fiction, a cheap trick or even an elaborate trick, I tend to look for cover. Tricks are ultimately boring, and I get bored easily, which may go along with my not having much of an attention span. But extremely clever chi-chi writing, or just plain tomfoolery writing, puts me to sleep. Writers don't need tricks or gimmicks or even necessarily need to be the smartest fellows on the block. At the risk of appearing foolish, a writer sometimes needs to be able to just stand and gape at this or that thing- a sunset or an old shoe- in absolute and simple amazement.
— Raymond Carver
September 25, 2009
...O where o where can it be? Just a grumpus like eveyone else seems to be. Is it the change of seasons? The library deadly hot without a/c the last few days? The news, relentless, seems more disturbing than usual. But it's everyone everywhere, everything: driving, people cranky in stores, maybe it's the end of one thing and the beginning of another, autumn might start or the planet could just spin off its axis. Or not. Even the dogs are acting out, agitated and skittish. At least the ten year old is his sunny self, feeling all that and a bag of chips having done well in the basketball try-outs, and luckily for me I have a gig where there are always some sweet moments in every day. Kids are lovely for the most part, aren't they?
September 24, 2009
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September 17, 2009
Your result for The Classic Dames Test...
You scored 21% grit, 10% wit, 52% flair, and 33% class!
September 16, 2009
September 14, 2009
Went to a bookreading last night in NYC to see my friend and amazing writer, Dylan Landis, read from her new work (that the amazing Elizabeth Strout is raving about so you know how fabulous it is). It was held at a very dramatic, very red, interesting bar called The KGB Bar, very "My name is Nadia" (remember that film where Nicole Kidman went around saying that, great accent? I annoyed people for weeks doing it). Great fun. They hold literary events frequently and this one was a real treat (especially for a girl who doesn't get out much).
I ended up staying up late reading the most fabulous Normal People Don't Live Like This so was very tired girl today at work. Recommending it because she writes so beautifully, it's powerful and fascinating, and she is my friend - so should you buy the book? Well, damn, look at my heading already.