On the philosophical front: A wise writer friend of mine says that none of the reviews, good or bad, are any of our–the writers’–business at all. That our business is to write the books we are supposed to write and that is that. I’m trying to internalize her wisdom.
On the movies front: Saw PLEASE GIVE tonight at the cin-e-ma. Liked it a lot. It didn’t rip my heart out, but I was very interested in what was happening on screen the whole time, and was especially delighted to catch the Sarah Vowell cameo! Especially neat because Catherine Keener’s character was reading a Sarah Vowell book in one of the early scenes.
On the book front: Friday night I met author Aliya S. King whose novel, PLATINUM debuts a week from this Tuesday. Turns out PLATINUM, about the wives of hip hot artists, is published by my house, Touchstone. Anyway, read Aliya’s book this weekend and was totally engrossed. The story is juicy and fun and sexy and raw, but also heartbreaking and emotionally resonant. Way to go, Aliya!
Food front: The SFA (Southern Foodways Alliance) was in town this weekend on a field trip exploring the immigrant restaurants/shops of Buford Highway. Neat to think how indigenous southern foods of the white and black community affect the foods of east asia and latin america, and vice versa. Fried chicken taco, anyone?