Kanlaon Currently Loves

  • io9 for her (sci-fi) movie fixes
  • San Carlos Farmers Market for her fresh food fixes
  • Chowhound, always and forever
  • Costco, because even if she goes in hungry, she always leaves full.  Would you believe self if she told you that today, around noon, there was a guy playing Bach on one of their piano displays? (Yes, self made it there, Penny.  Car leaked something awful.  Self is bringing it to be fixed tomorrow, bright and early —  finally! Where oh where were those Martha Stewart chicken slab pies ???)
  • “Man in the Mirror” (Michael, oh Michael)
  • ZYZZYVA‘s Howard Junker.  Why?  Just because.  Because he makes her laugh —  ?  Is that a good enough reason?  (Have you Read the rest of this entry »

Stephen King’s Story in Esquire’s “Stories of Our Time” (July 2009) Issue

. . .  which self bought for her reading pleasure on the way home from New York at end of June.

She did not pick this magazine out of the magazine rack simply because she was so smart, but because she noticed a fellow traveler holding a copy and, after perusing the T of contents (Tyler Cabot’s “Stories My Father Told Me,” Charles P. Pierce’s “What If Obama’s Out of His Mind?” among others), decided that it looked like pretty good reading.

So, the featured story is by Stephen King.  And it is about a hapless writer (Stories about writers are the best kind of stories!) who has wrung eighty pages “out of his old and limping Dell laptop.” And he thinks he might screw up his courage and show the pages to an agent.  Which he does.  And the agent tells him, why Read the rest of this entry »

Finished A LIFE IN SECRETS: Not Everything Is As It Seems

It is just before 7 p.m., and self has just watered the garden.

She only has three pages to go of her book, A Life in Secrets:  Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WW II.  And it’s positively Read the rest of this entry »

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