Leaving for the airport very early for a flight to LAX en route to Sydney, and having the usual scramble to get ready to leave town (it's almost 8 and I haven't gotten out to run, must at least do SOME kind of a run though 2hr may at this point be overkill given that I'm not going to sleep much). Austen notes woefully behind where I'd hoped they'd be, but I can at least bring the LETTERS chapter with me to work on, having made a little packet of xeroxes and selected three out of the ten volumes whose bits are more extensive & haven't yet been transcribed by me into typed notes. I've mostly packed. Cleaning up some tabs (was really looking to find one on Austen's letter-writing that I opened a while ago, but will have to use Google to find that again as it does not seem to be here):
Charlie Stross on why interruptions are a disaster when you're trying to work.
That said, Marilyn Berlin Snell on the disaster of the meditation retreat!
Perec in Australia.
Elizabeth Bishop's alcoholic admissions.
An interview with Mary Gaitskill.
Luc Sante on the art of nonfiction.
Geoff Dyer's new book sounds good.
Hermit crabs make homes out of beach trash.
Eighteenth-century documents discovered in birds' nests during cathedral renovation.
Last but not least, a charming bit of nomenclature: "Johnny Blue Pants"!