The first show of the year in Portland went fantastic! Great Thai food at Thai Ginger near campus, such kind people. Dia was dressed up in a giant coat that went down to her ankles all weekend. She looked like a giant purple marshmallow. She was walking around campus saying, "Please accept me to your planet earthlings" in a nasal robot voice, all the while bending her arms stiffly at the elbows and thrusting them about in sharp movements. Gotta love that chica!
But this blog isn't about that. I wanted to let you guys know about an incredible book I read on the plane. I heard some random woman, who was supposed to be this great artist, being interviewed on NPR, and she was raving about this book.
It's 145 pages. It's a bit old-fashioned in style, and the beginning throws you off a little. But once I got into it, I read the whole thing in one sitting, smiling, laughing, crying, and generally feeling lifted up.
There is this one part of the book in which the main character Enda is recalling the past tragedies that had happened in her life. She said something like: she doesn't like to "dwell on any one sad instance". She needs to connect the past, present, and future, bind them all together so that she knows where she's been, what she's doing, and where she is going, so that she can look at the big picture. It stirred a deep emotion within me that I haven't felt in a long time. It was just so touching. If any of you are looking for a "worth-while" read, read "The All of It" by Jeannette Haien.
While we were in Portland, we drove past this little thrift shop called "Yesterday and Tomorrow". It reminded me about that part in the book. I think it would make an excellent album title. What do you think?