"It's really a very simple story. What happened was this: I met this girl and did a very stupid thing. I fell in love. Hard. I know that to some people that makes me an idiot and a loser. What can I say? They're right. I did some extremely foolish things; I'm the first to say it. And they've left me in jail and alone."
So begins one of the most compelling, emotionally charged, and affecting novels you are likely to read this year.
Schools are back in session, so I guess that means that summer is over. But thoughts of summer are still very much with me. For a while, after our kids were grown and out of the house, the TG and I escaped the confines of the academic calendar. We were free to take our vacations in September, when the weather is still nice but most of the tourists are gone because they have to get their kids back in school.
But now that my son Calder's Father is a teacher (studio art and art history at one of the best private schools in SoCal – allow me one small boast, and I won't mention his recent successful art show), we're back on the academic calendar if we want to do a family vacation. And we very much do.
So we repeated – same place, same days, even the same restaurants – our vacation from last year in Cambria, the quiet, hidden jewel on California's Central Coast. Less famous and showy than its neighbors to the north like Big Sur, Monterey, and Carmel, Cambria is the perfect place for rest and relaxation. There was one big difference this year: our grandson Calder was one year older -- he is now one year and nine months old -- and he was much, much, much more "mobile."
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everyday THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ... Svetlana Alexievich ... the new New Yorker and the new New York Review of Books
Deezer! ...Howard Stern and Thom Hartmann always... lots of COSI, lots of KEITH JARRETT ... ... too much Pandora (but I made a new Children's Indiestation) ... and tons of Van the Man ... and Ryan Adams and Emmylou Harris and Bill Evans!
MSNBC and Fox and CNN ... Rick Steves' Europe and SEINFELD(comfort watching) ... Turner Classic Movies... and the struggles of the Dodgers