The Official Start of Summer & A Quote From The Economist

(Gone: Memorial Day Weekend: A Questionnaire)

Self musing over what summer 2008 may have in store. Here is a short list of the movies self knows for sure she wants to see:

In her usual contrarian way, self resolves that her summer reading list will not contain a single thriller, “chick lit” novel, or memoir. Instead, she will focus almost exclusively on non-fiction: Stephen Greenblatt’s Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, Richard Clarke’s Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror, and similar.

Self would dearly love to get a lot of writing done but, she knows, that part of her life is not in her hands.

Here are a few certainties:

    Self will watch the MTV Movie Awards (June 1).
    There will be bills to pay.
    Son will be traveling around Europe.
    Self will not return home to Manila. Neither will she return to Tel Aviv (Even though Ying has just completed second round of chemotherapy and there is no end in sight).
    Dearest Mum will visit and stay for a month.
    The same ratty old pink couch which self has been wanting to replace for something like six or seven years will still be in the living room.
    Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee for president.

In connection to that last, here is a quote from the May 10 issue of The Economist:

In cartoons there is often a moment when a hapless character, having galloped over a cliff, is still unaware of the fact and hangs suspended in the air, legs pumping wildly, until realisation dawns, gravity intervenes and downfall ensues. Hillary Clinton’s campaign looks a bit like that this week.

(And that was two weeks ago, dear blog readers . . . )

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