I spent june in amsterdam, writing, but also biking [fell 3 times; definitely getting better at falling] and watching the skies, which are higher there, the clouds always on the move over this land by the north sea. I love summer so much, can’t stand when it starts running out.
I finally finished and edited, buffed and varnished, the whole show’s worth of vita sackville-west paintings. go to that page and you will see everything.
I’ve started a new series, “outskirts of america.”
This is a winter for writing novels, making paintings, cooking soups, trying to teach your dog to shovel snow.
the two of them would meet here when vita would come to london. a pre-visit before the actual visit. they would also send private letters inside ones that might be read by others. since the hogarth press was in this basement, I imagined vita bringing a manuscript, a ruse that, at this moment, is no longer necessary, and so, down to the business at hand.
Carry the One has been shortlisted for the St. Francis College Literary Prize. The prize is for writers at mid-career and is $50,000. Just making the shortlist is an honor. The winner will be announced at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sept 21. I’ll be there. Here’s a link to the announcement: http://www.sfc.edu/cf_news/view.cfm?newsid=387