Monday, July 22, 2013

What are you doing?

Me? Oh.

I'm watching the entire five seasons of Brothers and Sisters, and while it's devolved into pure soap, it's been a great binge. I thank Carrie Link for the addiction.

I just saw the movie Still Mine with James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold. I loved it.

I'm reading the last chapters of Transatlantic by my Irish love, Colum McCann. I've savored every word although less so than the ones in Let the Great World Spin. 

I'm also going to start Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings and read that along with Flaubert's Madame Bovary.

I ordered but have not yet received this poetry series. There's stuff in there by Lydia Davis, one of my favorite short story writers. She also translated the edition of Madame Bovary that I noted above.

I'm listening to this by Patty Griffin who also sings the song Heavenly Day, featured on our Extreme Parent Video Project that is almost a year old and has nearly 32,000 hits.

I'm also listening to this. We've been lonely. We've been lonely too long.

I like this poem -- it reminds me of my receding respite week in Canada:

Northwest Passage

That faint line in the dark
might be the shore
of some heretofore unknown
small hour.

This fir-scent on the wind
must be the forests
of the unheard of month
between July and August.

James Richardson

So, Reader. What are you doing?


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  2. I am smiling because I saw you commented on my blog .

  3. I am waiting for the chickens to go to roost so that I can close the door to the hen house.
    I am reading you and being grateful for the gifts you have given me which include Colum McCann.
    Hell. I'm just watching the great world spin.

  4. I'm reading the book "All My Friends are Dead." Seriously. It's the way I feel today.

  5. Love that poem! Billy Collins had a poem in Harper's years ago, before he became famous and the U.S. Poet Laureate, called "O, Canada," which I loved and cut out of the magazine but now can no longer find. (It's probably online somewhere.) I think of that poem whenever I think of poetry and Canada.

    I am sitting on the sofa reading blogs and commenting with Olga snoozing at my feet.

  6. I'll be curious to hear what you think of "The Interestings." I just finished it and that's all I'll say so I don't influence you.

    Me? I'm just home from nine days away, wanting to write but having to deal with laundry and catching up on work I missed and consoling the dog and the cat who were certain we had abandoned them forevermore and racing around town to get kids to camp and trying desperately to catch up on reading blogs. Tonight, I'm certain, is a martini night.

  7. The pleasure is all mine. I know, it gets pretty bad towards the end, but you won't give up on it, will you? I know you won't. You're no quitter.

    BTW, I love Patty Griffin.



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