In the five years of Ron’s View, this is by far my longest hiatus. Sorry about that. The longer I go without writing, the larger my list of overdue items and the harder it is to get back in the rhythm. Being in San Francisco two weekends ago (for a wedding) and New York/Chicago last weekend (for family, then business) made it difficult to find time to write. Yet, the trips gave me more to write about. And this weekend had its own major event, which perhaps I’ll get to at some point.
In any case, here I am. Topics I may get to eventually:
1. Paul Schneider’s new book Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History, which I finished three nights ago.
2. John McPhee’s Encounters with the Archdruid, his classic of four decades ago, which I’ve been reading intermittently.
3. Ian Rankin’s latest John Rebus crime novel, Saints of the Shadow Bible, which was just released in the UK and arrived by post two days ago. (I couldn’t wait for its US publication in mid-January.)
4. Dinner at Cafe Tiramisu in San Francisco.
6. A Sunday morning drive over the bridge to Sausalito, with an unexpected “grass is greener on the other side” tale.
7. The happy coincidence of our New York trip and the arrival at the Frick of the exhibition Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis, which we attended last weekend.
I will surely write more about some of these items.