It seems like I’ve been quiet, but that’s not entirely true. The trip to Kansas took me out of my usual routines, mostly for the better. I spent a lot of time hanging out with my immediate family and a lot of time reading and writing in their absence. I made it 2/3 way through Legacy of Ashes: A History of the CIA before accidentally leaving at my mom’s house. Luckily, I had Ron Suskind’s The Way of the World to get me through the flights and then re-entry into Eugene. That’s a wonderful, harrowing book, and I can’t recommend it highly enough to anyone who wants to be reminded or fully informed of how important the current election is. It’s also beautifully, maybe even craftily, written, weaving at least a dozen narratives into one cohesive story and point over a spread of several years — an epic that is still, somehow, current. Wonderful, did I mention?
Anyway, I’ve also been blogging about politics over at Open Salon, where I have a funny name that I now regret but also, I think I can admit now, sort of enjoy. I’m going to try and keep the politics over there and the rest of it over here, at least for now.
Which means that my goal this week for this blog is to get up a fall movie preview, which is a selfish pursuit, to list everything I want to see and why. That generally pushes me to actually attend the movies, and movie attendance is good for my soul, I tell you. MY VERY SOUL.
(I’ve been reading David McCullough’s John Adams. It’s a wonder I’m not just blogging like it’s an 18th century diary or letter, “determined to omit no opportunity of communicating my sentiments to your excellency, upon everything that appears to me to be of importance to the common cause.”)
Oh, and I turned 29, celebrated with many good friends and had a great day. And now I’m finding 29 itself to be, well, almost everything I thought it would be, but with more hurricane coverage.