Last week, as you may recall, was way too much, so I took Saturday off. I had lunch with one of my former students, after which we strolled across Central Park to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where I looked at a number of paintings that I’d never seen before (including a half-dozen John Marin watercolors, glory be!). I spent the evening evening reading a pair of books about which I don’t plan to write, turned off the light at a reasonable hour, and slept deeply and well. I arose on Sunday and got some work done–but not too much.
I should do this more often, right? Alas, the week to come is crammed with deadlines, and on Thursday I fly down to Raleigh, North Carolina, to spend a long weekend looking at Carolina Ballet, which is presenting two exciting-sounding programs of new and newish dances. That means I won’t be around to write Friday’s blog (I’m not taking my laptop with me!), so my plan is to borrow a feather from Maud Newton‘s ever-so-chic cap and invite a guest blogger to sit in.
More about that later in the week, once I succeed in talking that guest blogger into blogging for me (she’s way cool). For now, here are today’s topics, from restful to hectic: (1) The blessings and curses of technology. (2) “In the Bag.” (3) Today’s installment. (4) The latest almanac entry.
I haven’t hectored you lately about introducing your friends and acquaintances to www.terryteachout.com, mainly because I feel overwhelming guilt for not having answered more than a sliver of my mail. Be that as it may, you know what to do, so do it. You show me yours and I’ll show you mine!
P.S. Since writing the above, I had a further attack of guilt and spent an hour and a half working on my accumulated e-mail, as some of you already know. I got rid of about 400 incoming pieces (most of them spam, to be sure) and now have a paltry 117 e-mails left to answer. Sad to say, I inadvertently deleted a message from a correspondent who accused me of suffering from “penis envy.” To him, I reply: not of yours, pal. To the rest of you, I say: hold on, I’m on my way!