A lovely evening. Mitchell read from the first passage of Slade House (which I read a week or so ago, I’ll try to tell you about it soon!) and then he and Wachowski had a lovely conversation about art and immortality and writing between genres (as it were).
There were quite a number of moments I wish I could have recorded, but here are the two I wrote down.
On writing between genres, or being told your book should/shouldn’t have something because you’re not in X genre:
“If a book needs a dragon, it should have a dragon.”
On reading reviews: he said he certainly never reads the bad ones, because they’re so demoralizing and haunt you for months, but then he said he doesn’t read the good ones either:
“…even the good ones are wasps at the picnic of a calm mind.”
WOW what an image.
I’ve been a huge fan of his books for a long time now (the other book I took with me to have signed was Black Swan Green, which is one of my all-time favorite books) and it was wonderful to hear Nathan (the first character in Slade House) read in his voice. He doesn’t have a straight-up English accent, there’s a bit of a lisping quality around his Rs that I wondered if originates from his time in Japan/Asia…
I can’t wait to see what he writes next.
Jump ropes with hand-carved handles!!
If I have a teaching job next fall, all the little kiddos on my list will be getting these for Christmas!
Coretta Scott King: “I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Suppressing a culture is violence. Neglecting schoolchildren is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence.”
Charles Eisenstein: “Love is the expansion of the self to include the other. And that’s a different kind of revolution.”
both quoted in this amazing post by Eireann Lorsung.
To which I’ll add: “Love is the answer and you know that for sure.” –from another poet for peace, John Lennon.
Allie Beckstrom 1-2-3 (Magic to the Bone, in the Blood, on the Storm): Anne
[This is old news, as I first saw these articles back when I had a job (so pre-August ’09)…but someone made me think of them today and I’d rather not have to search next time I want to dream about this machine.]
Someday I will own this portable, FOLDABLE, sewing machine. (More here and here.)
I want this calendar (or, more precisely, I want the 2012 rendition of it).
Go read this. Wow. Right?
Every single pair of shoes in this blog post. EVERY SINGLE PAIR.
-Winnipeg: too many times to count.
-Toronto: only the airport.
2. England. Three months (all summer) in 1988. 18 days in 2000. Assorted other mini trips in 2003/04/05. A week in January 2007.
-Cornwall: Falmouth, Truro, Constantine.
-Assorted other towns in the Southern tip.
3. France. 2004
4. Australia. 2006.
5. Belgium. 2007.
6. Japan. 2008.
7. Ireland. 2009.