Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Not done yet?



It's been so long since a woman draped herself over a man I was with.  And to think, I was the one who waved her over to join us.  "Oh well," I thought as she turned her back on me to gaze at her desired object, "might as well observe and maybe enjoy this."

I readily admit that I live in a political bubble, but now I have to consider whether I have totally left the flirtation bubble behind.  Without doing it on purpose.  Just slipped away.

Is this another part of life relegated to the past?  A lost talent like when I could play a decent game of tennis?

No, I don't think I'm through with this yet.  We'll just have to wait and see.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

"Readers Live a Thousand Lives"



I remembered that great quote that Carole Reedy posted on Facebook as I finished reading The Nix.  This is a big, sprawling story a la Tom Wolfe (Craig's idea) or Jonathan Franzen, but it definitely has its own voice.

The Nix is a family saga while it looks around at America, then and now:  computer gaming, low-life academia, sexual abuse, police brutality, the Iraq war.  One of the best chapters takes place during the riots at the Democratic Convention.

The Nix is a mix of satire and sincerity.  It manages, amid all of its twists, to have a heart.

P.S.  May this is "Nix picking" but I don't think any book needs to be 600 pages.  Save some of those exquisitely worded riffs for another book or short story.

Friday, August 4, 2017

A Fading -- But Not Silent Voice



I didn't realize how much I miss Bill Moyers until I heard him interviewed the other day.  There was a time when I always could find The Bill Moyers Journal somewhere on PBS.  His personality and his choice of guests made me feel that somehow the world was okay.

He's 83 now, and still writes a blog and an occasional column.  When I see what passes for a White House press briefing these days, it's hard to think that the same podium was occupied by Bill when he was LBJ's press secretary.

After he talked about how Johnson worked with Congress to get medicare passed, he had a chance to be philosophical at the end of the interview.

"I don't know where I came from or where I'm going," he said.  "Religion is where I got my questions answered and life is where I got my answers questioned."

I'm glad he's still here.