As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, that isn’t me and my father, but my father did look a lot like
Atticus Finch Gregory Peck. At least, I thought so.
In a million years, I could never have predicted I’d be doing this. That’s why I don’t believe in predictions.
So … some quick links from around the Web before I go, then I’ll be seeing you next week.
If you read this book …
… you’ll get to read
scary funny reviews like this one from World O’ Crap.
must use Facebook and Pinterest, here you go.
Sometimes I wish I
were completely stupid didn’t read so much. Especially since these are such interesting times.
Yankees fall to the Tigers.
Hey look! A new planet in the neighborhood.
PS: In possibly the most
ironic interesting item I read today, I quote this news from Publishers Lunch:
JK Rowling appeared before thousands of screaming–yes, screaming–fans at Lincoln Center last night, for an interview with Ann Patchett, a brief reading from The Casual Vacancy, and a book-signing for the sizable crowd. When Rowling first came on stage, Patchett said, “I thought I understood–and I didn’t understand. It’s like being at a Rolling Stones concert.” She added, “I feel like I’m going to have to hand out sedatives to the audience.” More seriously, Patchett noted, “You have done more for reading than anyone alive. You’ve raised up a generation of readers around the world and made it safe for the rest of us to write and to sell books.”
Of her new novel, Rowling observed, “so much of this book is about what is hidden and stripping things away.” She noted “we are ruthless as writers” in having to cut material while refining a manuscript. For parents with kids who want to read The Casual Vacancy even though it’s for adults, she suggested that as a parent herself, “I personally would be comfortable with a fourteen or fifteen-year-old reading this book. Younger than that, I wouldn’t be comfortable with my child reading this book.” In discussing what “adult books” means today in Patchett’s Nashville bookstore as 50 Shades tops the charts, Rowling quipped, “People have sex in this book but no one really enjoys it–that’s the distinction.”
While the first reader of The Casual Vacancy besides her husband texted her with an expletive and the conclusion “it’s very dark,” Rowling was pleased with Patchett’s conclusion that “it goes between evil and funny, not evil and good.” Overall, Rowling noted, “it was very satisfying to conclude a story in one volume.”
As you would expect, Rowling reiterated her intention to keep writing and the probability that her next book will be for children, without providing any details. She and Patchett discussed how describing something before it’s written is often disappointing. “I find that discussing an idea out loud is often the way to kill it stone dead,” adding, “they all sound rubbish.” Rowling noted “we are thin-skinned people.” In a rare product endorsement, Rowling proclaimed, “The MacBook Air changed my life.” She added, “I’ve written everywhere, including some very strange places.”
You remember good old Ann Patchett, right? The one who takes herself so seriously.
PPS: Don’t forget I’ve got until Oct. 29 to meet my
impossible goal of raising $5,000 for the Sam McRae Mystery Series. Just saying. Thanks!
Finally, here’s a lovely song from Nik Nak’s Old Peculiar for my husband, who I will miss while I’m away.
Along with some videos of airplanes and a helicopter that don’t blow up.
Best airplane landing compilation with great music.
Best plane landing ever!
UPDATE: Here’s a really awesome song from today’s teaser post on Nik Nak’s Old Peculiar.
“You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun.”
– Al Capone
And here’s a tune from that post …
Which, of course, made me think of this song.
And here’s a happy thought, eh?