Between a Rock and a Hard Place

It is 4:38 p.m. on what has turned out to be a most eventful day. Self determined that she had to accomplish the following today: (1) keep a doctor’s appointment; (2) pick up dry-cleaning; and (3) pick up a book from the library.

None of these things would require great expenditure of effort: doctor is in Redwood City, where self lives. The dry-cleaner is in Menlo Park, and the library branch that had the particular novel self wanted was in Read the rest of this entry »

Beginning a New Story

Remember the time you were studying Chinese? I thought you’d end up in Beijing like the rest of your classmates. You didn’t go. Instead, you married someone in Electrical Engineering. The next time I met you, you had two kids, and you lived in a small white house. In Union City, of all places. Who knows anyone in Union City? The houses all look the same. It’s so boring.

New Yorker Books, 27 July 2009

Books self is interested in reading after perusing the Books section of the 27 July 2009 New Yorker:

After reading the essay “Spy Wars,” by Nicholas Lemann:

  • Chapman Pincher’s Treachery: Betrayals, Blunders, and Cover-Ups: Six Decades of Espionage Against America and Great Britain:
  • Peter Wright’s Spycatcher

After reading the “Briefly Noted” section:

  • Reif Larsen’s first novel, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet

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