Random musings on a writer's life & times, with occasional input from acquaintances


Sunday, March 06, 2005

I’m back. Did you miss me? Here’s the seven.

1) What are you wearing?

Red University of Nebraska sweatshirt, beloved brown t-shirt with faux-old baseball team emblem on the front, dark red (cabernet?) silk pajama pants, white Nike sox.

2) What are you reading?

“A Thing (or Two) about Curtis and Camilla,” a novel by Nick Fowler. I guess this is what they call megafiction, because it has footnotes. Most of the footnotes are semi-comical, though. Fowler is a rock musician and this is his first novel. It’s amusing, if sometimes stylistically overwrought.

3) What’s for dinner?

The diet continues. Nuff said.

4) What’s the best thing that happened this week?

The girl’s basketball team from my son Andy’s high school, Central Catholic of Portland, made the finals of the state tournament and we got to watch them on TV Saturday night. The Ram-ettes beat their hated crosstown rivals from Jesuit High School (known in our household as the Jesbians) and four-time defending state champ Oregon City to reach the finals. Unfortunately, they wound up looking slow and beefy against the tall, spritely daughters of Beaverton’s posh Murray Hill neighborhood and lost the championship game to undefeated Southridge High by 11 points.

5) What’s bugging you?

Aside from sporadic bouts of near-terminal depression -- what Ernest Hemingway called the Black Ass -- not a thing.

6) Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?

Bivalve, New Jersey.

7) What’s it all about, Dave?

As novelist Harry Crews wrote:

"Nothing good in the world has ever been done by well-rounded people. The good work is done by people with jagged, broken edges, because those edges cut things and leave an imprint, a design."

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