For those of you in Japan, or with family and loved ones there, my heart goes out to you. Mr G’s ex-wife lives outside of Osaka. We were worried for a bit but she and her family are fine. I hope the world can pull together and offer the Japanese people our support.
As I readjust to waking up in the dark I have to remember we will have light later on in the evenings. This should be enough for me but I would prefer we leave the clocks alone.
It’s been a week with indications of spring. A bit warmer with more sun. I am ready for it. I’ve been reading War and Peace, finished Kafka on the Shore and started Annabel, but part of my attention has been taken up by one of my favorite publications. I subscribe to a few magazines and one of my favorites is Granta. I have issues going back a decade, some in a dedicated bookcase, some in a pile by my reading chair. I will pick one up, thumb through it and read a piece or two.
The newest issue arrived last week and I sat it aside because I was in the middle of something. Wednesday I picked it up and read the first two pieces. The second one is a short story by Roberto Bolano. It is one long sentence and could be auto-biographical, or maybe not. It had me in tears. I set Granta down and picked it up a day later. The third piece is by Robert Macfarlane. It’s about walking on the West Bank and has me thinking about the harm we humans do to each other. This is why I love this publication. It is filled with amazing writing that sometimes takes my breath away. Please check the website or look for copies at you favorite bookstore. I have even seen used copies available. They are worth every penny.
Be well and have a good week.