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At first I thought maybe the light breeze we had from Michael had upset your mailbox.

And you gazed at the wreckage in shock and horror.

I read a couple of Buckley’s novels years ago. I cant imagine wanting to read more than two. They are OK. But its not his genre

Fiction is not his genre. I mean, not in comparison with a first-rater like Le Carre.

I have never read any fiction by Buckley. I read Nearer My God once and I don't remember anything about it except that I don't think I found it especially about God, but I might have just forgotten.

I never thought about how ludicrous the use of "resistance" is, but you are right.

I just don't read the sex scenes and just hope they don't happen to say anything that moves the narrative forward. It's irritating.

The only book I took with me on vacation was Walden. I was hoping that this would force me to read it, but I only read about 3 pages. I really do not like Thoreau. I really just wanted to read a novel and there was a novel by John Grisham in the house where I was staying, so I started that. I have never read any of his novels before, but I expected them to be better written than this one is. There are places that are kind of choppy.

You can just say you have a shabby chic mailbox.

Before I met you, I didn't really know anybody who was in the path of hurricanes. Now my sister-and-brother-in-law and their daughter and her children live on the NC coast, and, of course, my granddaughter and her children live in PR. I have come to hate hurricanes.

My SiL had to stay with her niece for about a month. Her house did not have damage, but the area across the street from her was demolished. They couldn't go home because of flooded roads.

Her daughter's family rode out the storm, and didn't have any damage, and were able to take others in. They seem to have helped with rescue work.


Buckley's a significant cultural and political figure, but I don't think of him as a first-rate *writer*.

I've read several of Grisham's. They were all very good stories, but the writing was nothing special. I did appreciate, in one of them, that it dealt with racial stuff in a very realistic way.

When I see "#resistance" and the like I think "drama queen" and the like.

Not-too-bad hurricanes and near misses can make you blase about them. Which can be a big mistake. But--I'm hearing the usual "I don't feel sorry for anybody who didn't evacuate " stuff. And that decision is just not as straightforward as it looks. Not everybody has a place to go, or can afford to live in a hotel for weeks until the roads are open again. And usually by the time it's perfectly clear whether or not you should leave it's too late to change your mind.

Anyway, it's a wonder more people weren't killed by this one.


"Best to just close the bedroom door, making sure, if you think it necessary, that the reader knows it's happening, then leave it behind that door."

This is one of the things I appreciate about Mark Helprin. Despite being very much a "modern" writer in most ways, he never lingers over the sex stuff. Or the violent stuff either, for that matter. In both cases you always know what's happening but there's never any lurid quality to it.

I was supposed to go to Panama City, FL in a couple of weeks for a meeting. But apparently it was badly hit by Hurricane Michael, so the meeting has been moved down the coast a hundred miles or so. I may still fly through Panama City, and so have a chance to see the aftermath.

I doubt many meetings are happening in PC right now, apart from workers discussing what to do and how to do it. Mexico Beach, about 20m east of PC, was apparently the most devastated.

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