“… quite simply, I was in love with New York. I do not mean “love” in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who ever touches you and never love anyone quite that way again. I remember walking across Sixty-second Street one twilight that first spring, or the second spring, they were all alike for a while. I was late to meet someone but I stopped at Lexington Avenue and bought a peach and stood on the corner eating it and knew that I had come out of the West and reached the mirage. I could taste the peach and feel the soft air blowing from a subway grate on my legs and I could smell lilac and garbage and expensive perfume and I knew that it would cost something sooner or later– because I did not belong there, did not come from there– but when you are twenty-two or twenty-three, you figure that later you will have a high emotional balance, and be able to pay whatever it costs. I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month.”—Joan Didion, “Farewell to All That” (via drinkyourjuice)
I’m (finally) in Minnesota. The most important thing I have to report? I just saw a commercial for Pajama Jeans. Are these a ‘thing’? Do you wear them with a Snuggie? I have some research to do in the next few days.
The daily flight to Minnesota departed 50 minutes late today, but I will take that result! Here’s to hoping my plane will depart on Friday. Fingers crossed, thumbs pressed, and any other things I can do for ‘good luck.’
I ask you to imagine how much different our world would be if WikiLeaks had existed 10 years ago. Take a look at this photo. That’s Mr. Bush being handed a “secret” document on August 6th, 2001. Its heading…
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