Thursday, February 23, 2012

Decided not to beat myself up at the computer today over what I am or amn't accomplishing. Walked downtown, took in the swollen Cuyahoga River, enjoyed me some faux spring weather, had a delicious shrimp po-boy and two glasses of wine. Walking back took another long look at the crooked river, stopped at the library, checked out a book, continued on my way.

Now I'm listening to the blues while some coffee reheats in the microwave. Bend that note, baby.

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Tonight the spouse, and possibly me, to confer with the vet about whether Cassie (our dog) should be put down. We take good care of the little darling, but she's old and I'm not sure that the quality of life is very good for her at this point. She has diabetes, Cushings disease, is mostly blind and mostly deaf. Interestingly she hears in higher registers, so I can guide her with whistles at times.

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For kicks I'm reading George Pelecanos' recent crime novel What It Was. Derek Strange has to be one of the best fictional detectives ever.

Along similar lines, I recently completed Elmore Leonard's latest Raylin. It was a pure joy. Love Leonard's muscular prose and great, great ear.

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In the background: Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Robert cray, BB King, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Art Neville in a live recording of "Six Strings Down."

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Drop by and say hello sometime.

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8 comments:

  1. Just reserved the Pelecanos book because of you. Thank you, Tom. I am a mystery/crime book addict.

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  2. Me, too, Sheila. Pelecanos is wonderful.

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  3. Glad to hear, Tom, that you too are enjoying the singular pleasures of reading Mr Leonard. I haven't done 'Raylan' yet, but believe me, I've read all of his novels four or five times, both in original and translation, and yet I can't give you any spoilers for any of them. Every time I go thru one, it's a complete, perfect "mystery," all the way to the final page. I mean, instead of plot, it's all about the characters and their way of talking. Nobody does it better, nobody. Most of the novels are great love stories, too, but I'm sure you knew that already.

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  4. Hi Tom! Elmore Leonard has always been one of my "I should really read..." people. Recommendations on which one to begin with gratefully received.

    You need to stop sometimes and watch that river.

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  5. Hi Karri,

    What Leonard novel would you recommend Nicholas start with. Sounds as if you've read more of them more thoroughly than me.

    Nicholas,

    You're probably right about the river. I'm in the midst of a nasty flu right now and thinking some about slowing down.

    Cheers to both of you.

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  6. Well, Leonard seems to be one of those writers that almost never stumble. There are no major works, or lesser works, to be named. Personally, I like Glitz, Bandits, and Cat Chaser, but that's just for the titles. Pick any.

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