I've done a little redecorating on the left side of this blog.
For starters, I've eliminated What I'm Currently Reading. It's summertime, so a less cluttered look is desirable. Besides, it felt too much like homework.
I did finish reading Love And Louis XIV. In an interesting coinicidence, Louis XIV , Peter Lorre and Lady Jane Grey all died at the end of the books I read about them.
The moral of that story is if you want to live forever, make sure no one writes your biography (hey, I'm safe!).
I also added another appearance, May 20 at Middletown Thrall Library, in Middletown, NY. People may wonder how such a reclusive writer like me (I was mistaken just last Thursday for Thomas Pynchon at my neighborhood Shoprite)gets so many invites. Well, I demanded Middletown Thrall let me in, and since they're my library, they had very little choice in the matter (although they were explicit that the appearance will be cancelled if I have any overdue books).
The Cornwall library visit was pretty easy to come by, since I was a bridesmaid at the wedding of the woman in charge of their mother/daughter bookclub. Of course she had to let me be a bridesmaid since I hosted her wedding, but that doesn't matter. What does is they're still married and she's still talking to me.
Washingtonville was the toughest, since that involved strangers. After some protracted, occasionally heated, negotations, they agreed to supply the cookies. That's something Thomas Pynchon always insists on.
The other new item to the left, to the left (I am so au courant in pop music; it comes from my pathetic addiction to American Idol) is an addition to the list of awards Life As We Knew It is currently nominated for. Yes, it's back up to seven, with the Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award nomination placed in perfect alphabetical order between the Kentucky Bluegrass Award and the Nevada Young Readers Award.
I didn't go to elementary school for nothing.
Speaking of school, while I agree this shouldn't give me any unfair advantage, my brother got his Master's Degree from the University Of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan (whose library system doesn't have any copies of Life As We Knew It, not that I'm complaining, mind you).
According to Wikipedia (and who should know better), not a single one of Leo Tolstoy's siblings ever went to the University Of Michigan. Rumor has it one of his brothers was a redshirted quarterback at Ohio State though.
I'm off to tea and cookies and a little decorating talk with J. D. Salinger. If Tommy Pynchon or Leo Tolstoy drop by, I'll give them your regards.