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Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Writer's Life 3/9 - Not Surprising

Here are items that fall under today's theme: According to an article in the NY Post, one-third of college students are financing spring break expenses through student loans. That says a lot... Various sources report that the NY Times ran a story on January 20th under the following heading: "Wire-tapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides." Staff has yet to comment on this. They must be trying to figure out how to spin it so that it doesn't vindicate the President's recent comments... 52% of the eighth-graders accepted this year into NYC's elite high schools are Asian... The news that A-Rod and J-Lo are dating makes one wonder why it took so long to happen. On the surface they seem a perfect match. Of course, that doesn't mean it will last. According to all reports, those are two massive egos... And Yahoo's Odd News reports that a Miami defense attorney is feeling the heat after his pants caught fire Wednesday after he told jurors in an arson case that his client's car spontaneously combusted, the fire unintentional. He had e-cig batteries in his pocket. He claims the incident was not staged. A lawyer pulling a stunt like that to win a case - never happened.

Julian Assange defends himself saying: "The aim of Wikileaks is to achieve just reform around the world and do it through the mechanism of transparency." He has angered both the left and the right, and also has been praised by each when it suited agendas. The latest release of info, of surveillance the CIA has employed, is a huge blow to the agency. The only good I see coming from it is that it will force the Company to improve the security of its computer system. I hope it hasn't hampered the tracking of terrorists. Assange must be a marked man. He's pissed off a lot of powerful people. He is a hero to a few. He seems like a megalomaniac to me.

I've reached the most crucial point in the proofing of the novel I plan to self-publish in January. Things suddenly explode, the narrative changing from a road story to a sort of film noir. The logistics are a challenge. I believe it's exciting and entertaining, but I also want it to be plausible, to make sense.

The floating book shop had a second straight good day, despite wind gusts that forced me to keep most of the stuff in boxes. My thanks to the young man who parked his fancy car at the curb and grossly overpaid for The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School by Alexandra Robbins, and Lee Miller: A Life by Carolyn Burke. Miller was a model and photographer, a muse to visual artist Man Ray, filmmaker Jean Cocteau and Picasso, a reporter, sexual adventurer, and America's first female war correspondent, who photographed the horrors of Buchenwald and Dachau. Ray died in 1976 at 86, Miller in '77 at 70... My thanks also to the woman who overpaid for John Grisham's The Rainmaker, to all those who purchased books in Russian; to Ruth, who repaid me for repairing the zipper of her purse with two books; to Marie, who donated seven; and to Thirsty Dave's wife, who said his band, Western Caravan, has been invited on an all-expenses paid gig in Japan. They deserve it. I've listened to their CD, described as country swing, several times. It is first-rate... The most fun sale of the session came when a woman who always greets me warmly stopped and stared at the photo on the cover of a large paperback. It happened to be her husband's former Soviet Union acting teacher... Here's the pic, taken by Man Ray, that graces the cover of the bio of Lee Miller:
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