Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Fall reading

It's Indian summer here in Seattle. For the past few weeks, it's been just gorgeous. I keep waiting for things to get drippy and dreary all of a sudden, but so far so good. Iss and I took a walk around Green Lake, where we always check out the leaves' progress ("It's fall, Mama!"), and then headed to the park.

The color of leaves, the color of the traffic lights. . . these are our major preoccupations lately. Issy checks out all this stuff from his carseat and lets me know when I'm good to go or need to stop. I often have flashbacks to when I was little and my younger brother Adam sat by me in the back seat--just like Issy does now--pretending to be an ambulance, fire truck, or whatever noisy vehicle he could conjure up. Traffic lights were his thing, too.

Speaking of Adam, he's coming on Saturday--the same day Mom and Dad arrive to spend two whole weeks with us. We're all really looking forward to it.

Meanwhile, I've got books coming out of my ears. Saturday is proving to be a wonderful read so far, but I just don't have enough time in the day to chug through. I'm making a concerted effort to get it done by the time everyone gets here, since no way will I get to do any reading then. There's also Cloud Atlas on my bedside table, and I've got Prep waiting for me at the library. Aargh. So not only am I way behind in reading books in a timely manner (I haven't read a single one of the Booker nominees, of which I see John Banville won yesterday for The Sea), I'm also dreadfully slow with the ones I do read.

I have, though, been managing to keep up a bit better with print media. Here's an interesting, though depressing (but what isn't these days?) column on Iraq, and scooters take the front page of today's Post-Intelligencer (much cooler than SUV's). Also thoroughly fascinating was Jerome Groopman's, "When Pain Remains" in this week's The New Yorker (sorry, it's not online). There are so many things I read in The New Yorker and love that I would otherwise not give a second look--particularly medical stories--and Groopman's stuff is always a keeper.


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