Doctorow’s ‘Andrew’s Brain’ (But On Second Thought . . .)

Got the hot new book, published this month, ink’s still wet. E.L. Doctorow’s “Andrew’s Brain.”

It’s a pretty weird book. At least it’s not long. Even as a short novel, I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish it.

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Blogging On Empty

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For the first time in more than three years, I’ve hit the blogging wall.

In the past, I’ve taken several purposeful, short breaks from blogging.  But I’ve never lacked the will or the words to write a post.

The political and economic developments this fall — in Greece, France, England, Ireland, and the United States — have left my head spinning. In the din of media coverage, I can’t think of a thing to write that will add insight or bring order out of the chaos.

Here at home, the Austerity Project, the Fitness Project, and my overdue efforts to bring cleanliness and order to this cluttered apartment — all seem painfully slow and inadequate. It feels like wading through a sea of molasses.

I’m temporarily unemployed, looking for change and clarity. At least unemployment is not a crisis, thanks to Social Security.

My head is a muddle, which is normal at this season of the year. Sometimes I  blame it on Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Everything will come into focus after the holidays. There’s nothing here that can’t be fixed by a new year, a new part-time job, or an epiphany.

I’ll snap out of it any day now. In the meantime, I think I’ll take a nap.

— John