"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.
"Did you hear what He said?" ... "Did you see what He did?"
That's what we're all saying now, and everyone knows who the "he" is.
Sometimes I stay away from the news; then sometimes I have to dive again into the Trump sewer.
"This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine. Despite the fact that I can't get my cabinet approved. And they're outstanding people."
"Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting."
"Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated."
"A few days ago, I called the fake news the enemy of the people and they are, they are the enemy of the people. They have no sources, they just make them up when there are none."
And then I have to turn off the TV and fold up the newspapers. Nonetheless, I absorb all the bad things that are happening in just the FIRST MONTH –
-- The worst anti-Semitic attacks in decades are occurring. (There are 166 Jewish Community Center Association locations in the US and Canada, and 68 have received bomb threats. Cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia have been vandalized.)
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everyday THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ... a nice long biography of ELIZABETH I ... 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 (lots of Chopin) ... and tons of Van the Man ... and Sturgill Simpsonand Emmylou Harris and Gillian Welch!
As much news as I can stomach ... Rick Steves' Europe and SEINFELD(comfort watching) ... Turner Classic Movies... and the struggles of the Lakers and Clippers