The New York Times, because along with well-written hard news, it gives me tidbits like this–Wally from “Leave It To Beaver” is going to have a sculpture on exhibit at the Louvre. Who doesn’t like knowing stuff like that?
My friend Lois, because she generally scoops the NYT on stuff like that.
Advance Reading Copies of upcoming books. Known in publishing as ARCs, these are printed out for blurbs and early reviews, and I have been deluged with them! I love them! They make me feel as though I have the inside track on these books. The down side–I have to wait months before telling people to rush out and buy the book. Watch for some finger-licking-good upcoming books from Karna Bodman, Dan Kallas, Karen Young, Hank Phillippe Ryan, Alison Kent, Christine Wenger…I have had an embarrassment of riches lately…
The magic of fiction. A novel released into the wild takes on a life of its own. We all got to see this when Suzanne’s YA novel, Saving Juliet, was adapted into a play and performed by Bainbridge Performing Arts. Here’s Suz at Intermission, surrounded by adoring fans:
florists. I love the grace and instant gratification of sending something RIGHT NOW and knowing it’s beautiful. I have a girlfriend who was having a tough day, and I was able to phone a florist in her building and have something sent right up.
Earl Grey tea with lavender honey, in my polka dot mug from Jan.
this exuberant painting by my friend Sally. It’s from her illustrated travel journal, depicting her visit to my yard, including Barkis, a coyote and raccoon we saw along the road.