Good things do come out of Texas.

I love the fall, but, sometimes I think I’m the only one,

me and French tourists.

Very quiet at the bookstore this week.

Last night the Habs lost in overtime.

Yuck, what a bummer.

On the positive side,


 I met someone who I have been corresponding with for a while,

the delightful editor of,  Alexandra.

She was in town with her partner,

who is  just as nice.

We met for coffee and,


 it was as if we had known each other for years,

yakking away.

The magic of blogging and the Internet,

meeting of like minded people.

I’m almost finished Cadillac Jack and honestly, I love it.

I’m going to read more McMurtry, something about his style,

and colourful characters, speaks to me.

He makes me laugh and I learn things,

almost without realising it.

It has this good ole boy quality to it.

Cadillac Jack, is about an antique scout who travels all over the U.S,

in his Pearl coloured, peach interiored, Cadillac.

While telling us this story of Jack,

 and the antique people he encounters,

McMurtry, is commenting on the culture of acquisition and,

 the pillaging of National treasures by richer, more dominant States.

It’s not a new subject but, it bears revisiting.

Especially in this quirky and light way.

Everything should not be for sale,

to the highest bidder.

He also has a real sense of people and how they speak,

 an observer and chronicler.

His observations on political types and bureaucrats as well as the very rich,


Funny without meanness.

I find him just as interesting,

 as some of his eastern contemporaries,

Updike et all.

A whole lot less self-absorbed,

 and funnier than Roth,

 for instance.

Good things do come out of Texas.

I have read two of his books,

 so far,

and I intend to read more,

a keeper.

Later girls


Library Visit

Today was one of my regular library visits.

I had a whole bunch of books to bring back,

very heavy.

Some of those books I reviewed and really enjoyed.

The Collected Stories Of Raymond Carver and James Agee’s Death In The Family.

Both wonderful and well worth reading.

I had also taken out a Scandinavian mystery for mom, Joe Nesbo.

She didn’t like it but, she did love the Peter Robinson from the same visit.

I also enjoy Robinson,

his Inspector Banks is as interesting as Rankin’ s Rebus.

Today I got Philip Kerr’ s  Berlin Noir,

 which is a mystery trilogy set in Berlin in the thirties.

There has been major enthusiasm about this series.

That one is for mom but, I hope to have time to read it as well.

In my continued quest to read all things James Agee.

I have checked out Agee: Film Writing and Selected Journalism.

Cinema is one of my great loves.

I have often heard James Agee referred to as a master of film criticism.

I guess I’ll find out if I agree.

Several months ago,

 I read a book by Larry McMurtry,

Books: A Memoir.

I enjoyed it immensely and told myself I should read more McMurtry.

Lonesome Dove is supposed to be masterful and his best work.

Honestly, it’ s too big,

 I don’t want to read a book that is over 700 pages right now.

Too many in my to read pile.

So, I took out Cadillac Jack, about a rodeo cowboy,

 who becomes a antique scout,

a picker,

sounds like a hoot.

I enjoy the world of antiques.

I will as usual keep you all updated.

Take Care

Later girls