I received a prize from Lizi in today’s mail — a poetry collection by Caroline Kennedy titled SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY. Check out the photo to your left: there it is at the end, in robin’s egg blue, alongside Lizi’s sweet note, ready to take it’s place on my poetry shelf. But not until I’ve had a chance to read through it. I have a feeling this prize will be on my bedside table (and on the dry corner of the bathtub) for the next couple of weeks.
I also wanted to share this link from Lyra. It’s a short interview (just a few questions) with Meghan O’Rourke about her book THE LONG GOODBYE, which I just ordered thanks to Lyra‘s reminder. Ever since I read an excerpt in The New Yorker — it’s a mother/daughter story — I’ve been wanting to read the whole book, but even more than that I want to study how she’s structured the narrative, to pick apart how she moves back and forth in time, to get a feel for the ebb and flow, etc….
Speaking of mothers and daughters, my daughter called me last night on her way to the east coast on business. My little blondie, all grown up and traveling (alone!) for work. This is still hard to get used to. After we hung up, she texted me saying This is kind of a neat perspective, with this quote from Margaret Atwood’s THE BLIND ASSASSIN: “What fabrications they are, mothers. Scarecrows, wax dolls for us to stick pins into, crude diagrams. We deny them an existence of their own, we make them up to suit ourselves — our own hungers, our own wishes, our own deficiencies.”
All grown up, way out of the nest (said this proud mama).