It’s such a beautiful day today. There’s a cool breeze and the sun is shining. This photo of Paul and Doe was taken in Central Park on another beautiful day.
I’ve gotten many get well wishes from fans and friends and wanted to say thank you. I appreciate it. I’m feeling much better and less gloomy. Many of you shared stories of your own hospital stays and I wish you good health and no return visits. I guess we all end up there eventually, but I’m going to resist thinking about that today. The sun is out and, although it may not seem like it at times, I know I can choose to focus on what is right with the world (even if it’s only the weather!)
I’ve been reading a lot this summer. I always do, but more than usual. Last night my friend Chris said he was excited to recommend two books to me, and I was excited to get a recommendation, but it turned out I’d already read: Kate Atkinson’s, Life after LIfe. And Rachel Kushner’s, Flamethrower. Both were good, smart, and interesting.
I just finished Elena Ferrente’s Neapolitan novels, My Brilliant Friend, and A New Name. They are two in a trilogy and the third is to be released in September. She is a wonderful story-teller. I’m very addicted to her characters and their stories, and can’t wait to get my hands on part three.
I’ve already recommended Donna Tartt’s book (not that she needs my help) and Karl Ove Knausgaard’s first two of his six part, My Struggle. (He doesn’t need the plug either. His handsome face has been everywhere.)
I think my favorite book of this year has been Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill. It’s perfection in its own original way: Economical, brilliant, subtle, and real. I loved it and it inspired me to do certain things with my own book that I might not have otherwise.
My book was returned to me for revisions. I made a few (including changing the title) and sent it back to Lisa B. who has promised another read by September. I found I couldn’t change what I’d written to make it more suspenseful. It became what it is, and I like it that way. I can only hope that someone will fall in love with it as is, and give it a proper launching, because It isn’t a potboiler. I know that.
I’ve also been writing songs this summer as I mentioned in an earlier post. I’ve got five new ones so far. I’m feeling pretty good about them.