Knausgaard recommended in an interview, “Voices from Chernobyl,” and I read sixty pages before sending it back to Amazon and getting a refund. Sixty words would have done the same trick. Page after page of repetitive despair, I’m not knocking it, nothing like someone else’s misery to make your own insignificant.
So now reading Judd Apatow’s book of interviews with stand-up comics. Each page offers something new.
In between these accounts of pain and laughter, two pieces I wrote were published last week, one about a luxury spa in Flims and another about how to travel in Switzerland as a Swiss. What other country does so well with other people’s money?
On the broader front, my book proposal on Japanese cognition ought to go out today, and my book about lost children in Japan still seeks a home, which is kind of ironic.
Day to day, I stock up on food for the upcoming apocalypse. I gave up eating dinners out in Boston awhile back, with one or two exceptions, but I know that the night will come when I crave a $17 cocktail, burgers, fries, poutine, Chinese meals with protein from commercial farms, pizza, and pork. Then I’ll step out my door and head into town.