from Tuesday, November20th of the year2007.
I am inordinately excited about Oliver Sacks’s new book! I love him. One of my favorite thing to do when I travel is to keep a small running list of books on Amazon.com and then have them turn up in time for my arrival back home; I bought the Sacks book, I bought Phoebe Damrosch’s Service Included (as reviewed here), the new Nigella Lawson, and a birthday present for a friend (well in advance!).
Two nights ago we had a dusky walk to the pool with a really spectacular sunset (click to enlarge!). I’m not sure why I am so obsessed with this intersection between something being state-run and it being really clean and wonderful. I guess in my vision of utopia, that’s sort of how things are organized…? I love the weirdness of the municipal buildings in Chinatown, though: the “No Spitting!” sign in Chinese in the post office, the completely surreal video collection at the local library, the old-fashioned spatial organization of the Knickerbocker post office on East Broadway. I don’t think you could get away with such quirkiness in this Scandolovely configuration; I think the weirdest thing you have here is a diagram in the municipal showers with Big Red Dots instructing you where on your body you have to wash before entering the pool. I had thought it was myth, but in October, I actually saw somebody get asked by the Man in the Booth to go back and have a do-over.
An observation: winters in Vermont are windy, sure, but the wind seems to be circular and sort of dramatic/romantic in its paths, whipping around trees and over and through buildings. Here, however, the fact of the island’s existence seems irrelevant to nature; the wind rushes right by, on its way to Norway. It’s a lonesome feeling, but when you get inside, it is that much cozier for it.
I have just eBayed an alto recorder.
I am going to figure out how to make thanksgiving dinner here (which is, no shitting, called Ã¾akkagjÃ¶rÃ°arhÃ¡tiÃ°amatur), where they don’t have sausage to speak of.
Also: BAA BAA BAA! Did everybody else know this already?