Blogging continues to fall to the bottom of the priority list these days, and for that I apologize. I have been thinking about you, though, and my mental list of Things to Blog is ever-growing. In the interest of actually hoping to get any of them to the "publish" stage, I'm foregoing the exposition and posting some thumbnails instead.
Here, then, is a run-down of what's capturing my attention lately:
1. Paul McCartney's upcoming album, Memory Almost Full: If early press is reliable, this album promises to be one of the highlights of McCartney's career. (I speculated in an earlier post that this might be the case, as there tends to be an inverse relationship between calm happiness in Paul's personal life and the quality of the albums he produces.) I simply can't wait to hear it. You can view the video for "Dance Tonight," the album's opening track, here and the Electronic Press Kit for the album here. Oh my, oh my, oh my.
2. Tuesday, June 5: This is a red-letter day because of the release of (see above) Memory Almost Full. It will be McCartney's first release available on iTunes (and is currently available for preorder), and it will be his first release on Starbucks' Hear Music label. Starbucks will be hosting "a global listening event" on June 5, in which they will play nothing but Memory Almost Full in their stores all day. XM satellite radio is getting in on the action as well, not only on their Hear Music channel (75), which will be airing special Macca programming on release week, but also by dedicating channel 120 exclusively to McCartney (with a special emphasis on Memory Almost Full) all day on June 5. If, like me, you have XM radio in your car, and if, like me, you have it programmed to notify you anytime Paul McCartney is playing on any channel, then you will have noticed today that your satellite receiver pinged every two or three minutes as every other channel on the dial advertised the upcoming June 5 radio event. It is, indeed, A Happening. And yes, I am taking the day off from work. Anyone want to meet for a cappuccino?
3. Good reading on parenting: A thoughtful reader pointed me toward this Op/Ed piece in the LA Times, written by Ralph James Savarese, whose new book Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism & Adoption is getting great early reviews. I wanted to read the book anyway; this article makes me want to read it soon.
4. Reality TV: I've outed myself on the reality tv thing before, so that in itself is not news. But, I have to say, last week was a one-two punch, as first Joey Fatone lost to Apolo Anton Ohno on Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday, and then Blake Lewis fell to Jordin Sparks on Wednesday's American Idol. Honestly, it took everything I had to muster up the courage to tune into the new season of So You Think You Can Dance on Thursday.
5. Good reading on writing: I have had this post on writing from Kristen at From Here to There and Back saved in my Bloglines account since she posted it two weeks ago. In it, she talks about her journey as a writer and her attempts to walk away from writing, which always result in her return to it. It speaks to me, I'm sure, because I am still mostly on hiatus from blogging and, it seems, mostly on hiatus from writing. I keep returning to her post to read a single line - a line that serves as some sort of homing device for me. "I come back," she writes, "because when I write, I am alive."
6. Eating my words: And while I'm writing about writing, I may as well 'fess up to this. Remember last fall when I angsted long and loud about teaching writing to first-year college students? Remember how I vowed that I would never do it again? Well, teaching must be a little like childbirth, because somehow no matter how painful the experience, it tends to have a way to make you want to seek it out again. I'm signed on for Round 2 this fall.
7. Beach weather: Summer has arrived early in our little neck of the woods, and Bud and I have been taking full advantage of it. I've got to say - after a long, cold winter, it really feels like coming home.
8. Harry Potter: I'm re-reading the series in anticipation of the July release of Book 7. I've been pacing myself so that I wouldn't finish too early, but now I've got to kick it into high gear, since it's nearly June and I'm only a few chapters into Book 3. Okay - anyone willing to make a prediction on the record here? Severus Snape: Friend or Foe? (Please support your argument.)