new painting. rocky graziano at a weigh-in
another old car, a slightly older me.
I don’t have my novel finished, but I am close. And I have a title: Right After the Weather.
“three young men who stole the decade”
w.h. auden, stephen spender and christopher isherwood in their oxford days
novels take me a long time to write. dorothy parker once said that for every 5 words she wrote, she changed 7. that’s pretty much my method. but I can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel on this new book. that light is illuminating a peaceful pond on a sunny/cloudy day. and I am heading there with my inner tube under my arm.
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.
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
on the paintings page, I’ve put up a couple of new canvasses in my series on vita sackville-west, with more to come. I’m trying for something like a biography in paint. it’s all narrative to me—the writing and the painting.