"It's really a very simple story. What happened was this: I met this girl and did a very stupid thing. I fell in love. Hard. I know that to some people that makes me an idiot and a loser. What can I say? They're right. I did some extremely foolish things; I'm the first to say it. And they've left me in jail and alone."
So begins one of the most compelling, emotionally charged, and affecting novels you are likely to read this year.
My best friend from grade school died last week. If that’s not a five-alarm “carpe diem” wake-up call, I don’t know what is.
He died of lung cancer, just one year after getting the diagnosis. He was very athletic and a non-smoker. So let’s double down that “carpe diem.”
We grew up together in the village of Valley Stream, New York, on the south shore of Long Island in the 1950s, went to Shaw Avenue Elementary School together, and lived just a few short blocks apart. We spent countless hours together in each other’s houses and playing in the schoolyard: mostly basketball and handball against a wall (both Chinese and American.) I remember those as being the years of baseball cards, comic books, candy, and bicycle riding.
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everyday THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ... Svetlana Alexievich ... the new New Yorker and the new New York Review of Books
Deezer! ...Howard Stern and Thom Hartmann always... lots of COSI, lots of KEITH JARRETT ... ... too much Pandora (but I made a new Children's Indiestation) ... and tons of Van the Man ... and Ryan Adams and Emmylou Harris and Bill Evans!
MSNBC and Fox and CNN ... Rick Steves' Europe and SEINFELD(comfort watching) ... Turner Classic Movies... and the struggles of the Dodgers