shaken & stirred

welcome to my martini glass


still breathing

It's really a shame that being sick doesn't respond to magic finger snapping. You know: I want to be well again, snap! Nothing happens.

Maybe my fingers aren't magic enough.

Feeling better today though and so I'm going to try and get the hell out of this house for a bit.* Major cabin fever has set in.

The Women Writer's Conference is taking place this weekend and I'm hoping to make it to a couple of events still. Erin reads tonight at Galerie Soleil and tomorrow night there's a free Tift Merritt show followed by Louise Gl├╝ck reading with her apprentice Dana Levin at the library. (Free is good right now; dog meds are pricey.)

A few other things (& visit those to the right):

Washington, D.C. begins its celebration of Walt Whitman this weekend, and the Post has a piece

Carrie shares the fascinating thoughts of a member of her book group on structure and Marilynne Robinson's Gilead

Jenny D recommends Peter Temple's Shooting Star
, calling it perfect

Mr. McLaren shares some thoughts on Henry Mayhew's London Characters and Crooks and offers up the section "A Young Pickpocket" as further enticement

*Update: Or not. When taking a shower wears you out, best come to terms with your cabin fever. I'm setting up shop with the laptop and the manuscript on the couch to see if the zen of cutting can help this fog.


  • At 3:58 PM , Anonymous Tim Pratt said...

    Tift Merritt's good. I saw her earlier this year at a show in San Francisco with Tres Chicas.

    Hope you feel better!

  • At 9:26 AM , Blogger gwenda said...

    Love Tift Merritt. We saw her a couple of years ago at a private llama farm party in Nashville, doing a round robin jam session with Julie and Buddy Miller, Roseanne Cash and some singer/songwriter whose name I can never remember. (Christopher, do you remember?) She'd just come back from holing up in a cabin to record her second album. She did an Ode to Billie Joe that just knocked me out. I don't know if this will top that, but we'll definitely get to hear more of just her.


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