Quote of the Day: Antonya Nelson Reviews Robert Stone for The NYTBR

Self was going to go to the Post Office but then son called with an urgent request and then self decided that the only way to fulfill the request was to go painstakingly through her “pile of stuff” (which is huge and probably contains six months worth of back correspondence) and then the weather started to change and turn cloudy, and the day was not so nice, so self decided to give herself a break and eat the cheesecake she was going to surprise hubby with tonight …

Suffice it to say that it seems unlikely self will get to the post office today. Instead, she’s reading The New York Times Book Review of 31 January 2010 (which, come to think of it, was just yesterday) and there is a review by Read the rest of this entry »

Performing with J. Robbins

Self reading for the Story/Stereo series, a program that pairs writers with musicians, at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD

Friday, February 19, 2010
The Writer’s Center, Lefcowitz Theater
4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD

8 pm to 9:30 pm

The event is FREE and open to the public!  (If you’re planning to attend, please drop self a line to let her know)

Self finally decided to look up the Jawbox clip from Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Show, so she’d have an idea of the kind of music she can expect (She knew a little about Jawbox, but isn’t exactly up on the band). So, here’s the link

After listening, self is all on pins and needles, thinking, she’s reading with them? Holy Smoke! Sounds like fun! Fun fun fun!

Stay tuned.

Predicting

Sometimes self really wants to know how things will turn out.

She wants to know, really wants to know, the answers to questions like:

Will children always love their parents, to the day they die?

Or: Is dying really painful?

Sometimes, self would like to know the outcome before she begins.  For instance, when one is beginning to write something new, wouldn’t it help to know whether it is any good?  Before one ends up writing 300 more pages, that is?  So that one would be spared from having to waste all that time?

There are times, such as the present, when the vagaries of life really confound self.

Who knew, for instance, that Ying would end up dying at age 37?

Or that self’s cousin K, whose dad died just a few months ago, would himself be dying of the same type of cancer that killed his father?  But that’s not the real mystery.  The real mystery is how K bears it all with so much dignity, for he is going through this terrifying process in a most matter-of-fact way, exhibiting no visible fear.  Really, when self was growing up with K, and they would play their childish games, she never suspected that all along he possessed this core of stoic heroism.  He was just her cousin K.  Now, to self, he is magnificent.  But nothing prepared her for this knowledge.  Who knew, dear blog readers, who knew?

Self would like to end this post with a quote from Sage Master Shih Cheng-Yen.  Here is his Still Thought # 68:

Stopping halfway is more difficult and tiring than progressing toward reaching the final goal.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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