“The Clearing” by Transtromer

Deep in the forest there’s an unexpected clearing that can be reached only by someone who has lost his way.

— from Tomas Transtromer’s collection The Truthbarrier (1978)

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Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, Summer 2015

Elmore Leonard Quote of the Day: ROAD DOGS

More than half-a-dozen times, self thought of stopping reading this book. Because the tough-guy dialogue, believe it or not, is cliché.

But she has discovered brilliance!

pp. 129 – 130:

He had liked where he was 10 years ago, before the two falls. But then thought, No, you don’t go back, you go straight ahead. He was still the same person. Age had nothing to do with it; he was fine.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Everlark Comedy! Be Forewarned

Self just made her first batch of oatmeal/chocolate chip/raisin cookies ever and they are really BAD.

Good thing she got an alert for a new installment of the Detective Mellark series (Dear readers, indeed yes: There is a detective series written with Peeta Mellark as the head of a Detective Agency and Katniss Everdeen as one of his gumshoes)

In this installment of the Detective Mellark series, Katniss and Peeta decide to compete in a TV game show called “The Marriage Game” (Why? Who knows? Because detective agencies run short of funds and the quickest way to raise them is by competing in a television game show?)

Anyhoo, Katniss and Peeta are one of four couples left standing for the final round. The other three couples are:

  • Primrose Everdeen/ Rory Hawthorne
  • Gale Hawthorne/ Madge Undersee
  • Annie Cresta/ Finnick Odair

One of the questions is: “What is your partner’s favorite thing to nibble on at the movies?”

The interviewer is, of course, none other than Caesar Flickerman.

Over to you, Gale and Madge!

Gale: Um. That’s a hard one. I’ll go with Twizzlers.

(Madge frowns and turns over her card. It says: HIS FINGERNAILS)

Gale: My fingernails! Why would you say that?

Madge: Oh my God, Gale! Look at these things! (Grabs Gale’s hands and holds them up. Camera zooms in for a close-up) LOOK! LOOK! I should dip your fingertips in gasoline to keep you from biting them.

Caesar: Oh, Madge. They are stubby. You should have Octavia work on them.

Madge: That’s a good idea. (To Gale) First thing tomorrow, you’re getting a mani-pedi.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

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