Sunday, December 22
To bring you up to speed: Wednesday was recording all day, from noon to 3am. Thursday we trained up to NY anyway, after some last minute packing/secret present making. Ben E-C and his gal Sofa accompanied us on the NJT to Penn. Then we walked through Times Square to meet Ben (G) at GCT. Thus began a whirlwind thirty-hour tour of the city, Hannah's first real exposure. dinner at Zen Palate, Strand-browsing, sleep and breakfast in Scarsdale, jazz at noon, rejected at the Met (no luggage allowed), so subway down to union square and walking around the Village; a sort-of depressing cartoonish exhibit at the New Museum, streets and streets. and pizza with jesse and josie.
i made the spur-of-the-moment decision (wasn't that the point) to travel back to swat and then meet hannah's folks for a few days. even though i didn't have any stuff with me besides address book and clean underwear in the jacket pocket. not even a toothbrush, but i reclaimed that in worth. put the armchair in my room, and grabbed another t-shirt. more trains - all of this travelling is parallel with the action in my book, which consists mostly of walking and walking all night and maybe resting a little in the day, meeting someone else and maybe having a battle. only about 70 pages left - i'll be free to see the movie in a few days.
it's nice to be here, the cozy little cottage full of warmth and warm things. family, frozen food. snl and reading and cookies. cordy (grandma) listens to an irishman and wonders if it's "babylon" or something with a d, maybe "dalrymple." "is that in ireland?" happy solstice yesterday, and i'll see you again soon.
by the rivers of babylon
where we sat down
and where we lay
when we remember zion