2. The news is full of snow, but yesterday afternoon I sat out on the patio and read my book while 3 big dogs lounged at my feet. The sun was warm, the breeze was cool, squirrels scampered along the top of the fence, the dogs snored. I wore a light sweater that I didn’t really need.
3. Kathryn Harrison on publishing THE KISS: I got reviews whose last words were “shut up.” … I understand myself to be a writer who people aren’t tepid about. People tend to really like my work or find the subjects I choose — the ones that choose me — offensive. I like being that writer, not the writer whose work you read and forget. I like to hit a nerve. (from WHY WE WRITE, p. 78)
4. I did not see one minute of The Grammys because I went to bed at 8 p.m. Now I’m up at 5 a.m., reading through the list of winners, and I hardly recognize any of them, artist or song. And I realize I don’t care.
4.5 I just watched Taylor Swift’s opening act. I admit, I’m a little stunned. That song is the most annoying, ridiculous song. And it opened The Grammys. Wow.
5. This weekend I watched MATCH POINT, a film written and directed by Woody Allen. Fucking brilliant.
6. Pope Benedict is resigning. The first pope to resign in 600 years, citing his advanced age. Aren’t all popes of advanced age? I feel like more news must be coming.
7. Jane Smiley on writing one of my favorite books, A THOUSAND ACRES: I’ve never given up on a novel. Although I had my doubts about A Thousand Acres. I was writing it in the winter in this little office in our new house in Ames, Iowa. I kept falling asleep as I wrote. I put the manuscript aside, thinking it must be really boring. Then spring came and I reread it, and it seemed pretty good. It turned out the chimney of the furnace was leaking carbon monoxide. When we stopped using the furnace, the novel stopped putting me to sleep. The lesson there is, sometimes it’s not as bad as you think. (from WHY WE WRITE, p. 212)
8. The Westminster Dog Show starts today! For balance, check out Just One Pet Products, saving shelter animals.
9. It’s the Year of the Snake. The colour of the 2013 Year of the Snake is Black, the color of Space, Arctic night, darkness in the Abyss, the color of deep waters. The Black Snake will bring people unexpected changes, instability, and changeability. That is why it is important to plan everything beforehand, and evaluate adequately before taking any actions. You need to be more careful and cautious than ever.
9.5. I was born in The Year of the Snake. …… Uh oh.
10. Here’s to you, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and the freedom of speech.