How many languages can you speak? Which languages can you read or understand?
Boston Globe: "Humans and animals alike, regardless of race or species,
talk about the same things every day. That is sex, real
estate, who's boss, and what's for dinner."
I know numbers are perfectly meaningless things but round ones have their place.
If you could watch any movie on the big screen right at this moment, what would it be?
"After Life," which a friend was watching a week or two ago when I walked into their living room.
Zero-7: A house in Silver Spring, Md.
8-9: One, maybe two apartments in Silver Spring, Md.
10-23: Another house in Silver Spring, Md. (with occasional visits to my play-grandma's house in Washington, D.C.)
24-24.5: A studio apartment in downtown Oakland, Calif.
24.5-26.5: A studio in a single-room-occupancy hotel in downtown Oakland, Calif. (with occasional stays in
26.5-27.5: A one-bedroom apartment in the Eastlake neighborhood of Oakland, Calif.
28-28.5: The top floor of a house in the San Antonio neighborhood of Oakland, Calif.
27.5-31.5: A one-bedroom apartment in downtown Oakland, Calif.
31.5-34.5: A two-bedroom apartment in Walnut Creek, Calif.
34.5-35: A one-and-one-third-bedroom apartment in the Eastlake neighborhood of Oakland, Calif.
What are your personal memories of September 11th?
I remember feeling 'housed. Shook. Got.
I remember not so much wanting to turn someplace into a glassy expanse as feeling frightened of others whose grief spurred them to invoke nuclear parking-lot dreams.
I remember thinking that everything that had gone to hell in a handbasket the previous November and December, by comparison, was going to make me look like an cockeyed optimist in the years to come.