Jan 10

J.D. Salinger, 91, Is Dead

J.D. Salinger’s writing had a huge impact on me, and today’s news that J.D. Salinger has died stopped me cold.

Hi books, Franny and Zooey
, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction, and, of course, The Catcher in the Rye, were so fantastic to read – think I’ll revisit them this year.

After being mind-blown by Catcher, I went on to F&Z; and then the 2 novellas (“…Carpenter/Seymore:…”).
You can feel Salinger;s writing getting more introspective, philosophical, and even cryptic as he writes each successive book — more and more like a zen koan. Then the final silence he retired into…

I remember reading years ago that he still writes; it would be amazing if his will bequeaths those writings to the world.

But if he doesn’t release those supposed unpublished works — I think I get that too (nice one, Salinger)

I believe Salinger, even with regards to his own death, understood and liked endings – he choose when to make his writing-ending, so I doubt we’ll see anymore…

So I’ll just say thanks Mr. Salinger, for the the undying spirit of your works: thanks for the light, the insight, your inward gaze, and the inspiration when I needed it very badly.

Posted via email from Lance’s miscelanny

Jan 10

The rule of thumb for Shaker creations

If it is not useful or necessary, free yourself from imagining that you need to make it.

If it is useful and necessary, free yourself from imagining that you need to enhance it by adding what is not an integral part of its usefulness or necessity.

And finally: If it is both useful and necessary and you can recognize and eliminate what is not essential, then go ahead and make it as beautifully as you can.

— from ShakerBuilt by Paul Rochleau & June Sprigg

Jan 10

Gérard Bertrand 2007 Montpeyroux

Wow! what a wonderful wine. We enjoyed the first half on its own, and the latter-half with a roast beef dinner.
The wine start with refreshing, full body and subtle flavours of chocolate an blackberry, ending just as strong with very subtle smoke and more fruit.
We liked it so much that we’ll be seeking out a case to see how it matures. Around $18 at the LCBO.

Jan 10

Flying through rainbows (sadly, no unicorns)

Shadow of AC402 over Québec somewhere, flying through a rainbow!


Jan 10

Above the clouds, on the way to Montreal

View from Air Canada, somewhere over northern Ontario. Nice, clear winter day.