The kindness of in-laws
Despite the election excitement, my spirits have sunk a bit since the dreary grey days have commenced here. So I was especially cheered to receive packages today from both my sister-in-law and in-laws (those terms still don’t quite roll off the tongue).
Julia in New York sent us an NYPD shirt (her unlikely new employer) and a sweetly crafted Brooklyn bag perfect for farmer’s market shopping. The gifts really capture the two worlds she’s living in there.
And Dan’s parents kindly sent another book from Powell’s. I’ll finally visit this great booksellers in the flesh when in Portland for the Wordstock festival this weekend. The book is What Should I Read Next? by Jessica Feldman, their University of Virginia English professor friend who coincidentally grew up here in Corvallis. Feldman is also on the board of the acclaimed Virginia Quarterly Review. Her new anthology compiles recommended readings in literature, history, politics, math, science and religion, etc. from 70 UVA professors.