Cloudy, 3rd Thursday of July 2012: Reading The NYTBR

Self is going to have to make this quick.

She’s got a huge stack of other magazines to read through, and her on-line creative writing class has just started.

So, here are some random items of interest in The NYTBR of 17 June 2012:

A Letter to the Editor makes self want to read Roland Chambers’s The Last Englishman, about the adventure writer Arthur Ransome.

An interview with Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert makes self want to read:  Robert Hughes’ Rome; Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and its just-published sequel, Bring Up the Bodies; Bill Clinton’s My Life; and the complete series of L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz.

Alex Witchel’s review of Michael Frayn’s satirical novel Skios makes self want to read that book, as well as Frayn’s 1999 Booker Prize shortlisted novel Headlong.

Marilyn Stasio’s Crime column makes self want to read all the books she mentions:  Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Tom Piccirilli’s The Last Kind Words, Charles Todd’s An Unmarked Grave, and Simran Singh’s Witness the Night.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

More of Sandy’s Garden

Tin Artwork from Haiti — Self loves this.

Who ever thought old windowshades would find new life as wall planters?

A Friend’s Garden

Sandy’s Greenhouse: She doesn’t know what this plant is called; she got a cutting from her father’s garden. The petals feel like velvet. Self thinks the “Incredibles” action figure is an especially nice touch!

Sandy lives in Menlo Park, not too far from self.  Self has been telling Sandy for years that she’d like to take pictures of Sandy’s garden.  She finally got to do that today.

Sandy is an artist.  She says she’s a dental hygienist.  Self thinks Sandy should switch careers and become a garden design consultant.

Sandy says these “just sprouted,” she doesn’t know how. Self is fascinated — she’s never seen irises with colors quite like these.

Look at these enormous squashes growing in Sandy’s backyard! Each are easily the size of a basketball — some are even bigger!

Isn’t this the cutest little frog ???

And the sweetest little bench???

Self has tons more pictures.

She’ll see if she can post some more, tomorrow.

Stay tuned.

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