Writing Life: On to New Jersey

On Monday very early morning I fly out to New Jersey, for the next series of book events. My time in Rochester, and the book party here, have been so extraordinary I’m confident of nothing less.

The week began with three events on the calendar, and has blossomed into a schedule much like my time in my old home town. I’m glad of it, even though the pace leaves me exhausted. I want to take advantage of every single opportunity that’s there to talk about the book, to hear the very moving stories people seem willing to share, and to have the always curious experience of returning as a 71 year old to a place I first knew at the age of 18. All but one or two of the faculty I knew during my college experience are dead. The campus looks much the same; only one new building has been added since the late 1960’s. There will be young men on campus now; this September, the College went co-ed. Rod’s, at the Madison Hotel just off campus, looks the same — still has the train car for drinks and dinner. If you watched the Sopranos, you might have seen the episode where Tony and Christopher sit outside drinking straight from a bottle of good wine. As a college student I never went to Rod’s, because I didn’t have the money. Now I walk quite comfortably into the bar — which I actually prefer to the sit-down restaurant — to order dinner. The bartenders are well school in chatting with single guests, making it a social experience. I leave a generous tip.

Will be posting throughout the week, so plan to come along. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Writing Life: On to New Jersey

  1. Wow Pam wow! I read a lot and am rarely so affected by words as I was by yours. Your book is so very beautifully written. Simple and raw. I sensed no ego only love. Congratulations on being able to move me. Thank you.

  2. for Farah: I know that you are a great reader and a discerning one; Adil mentioned it at one point. I’m very moved by your reaction to the book. It means a great deal. This book isn’t a mass market thing; the reward for me lies in the response of readers like you. My sense of accomplishment, as I read your remarks, is great. Thank you.

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