Minding My Head

It really needs looking after

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Ray Bradbury

Most people will have heard the news, of course, that Ray Bradbury passed away yesterday. The outpouring online (a place he avoided) has been both wide and deep. I’ve read many tributes to him, essays about him, and interviews with him over the past day and I think the world is less rich for being without him now.

Here are some of the pieces that touched me or spoke to me.

A non-SF short story by Bradbury himself, made available by the New Yorker: "I See You Never."

An essay by Bradbury himself about science fiction and his grandfather in the New Yorker: "Take Me Home"

A piece on Bradbury by Neil Gaiman published in the Guardian: "A man who won’t forget Ray Bradbury"

A piece by Junot Díaz in The New Yorker: “Loving Ray Bradbury

And this 2010 interview with Bradbury in The Paris Review

I am eagerly awaiting the publication of Margaret Atwood’s piece in the Guardian

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What comes next?

I was going to tweet to Tony Horton as an early start to my celebration of completing P90X, but I find myself feeling odd about being so close to the end of it. I should feel happy, ecstatic, proud. I should be celebrating. I don’t feel any of those things. I feel a bit of dread and a lot of confusion.

The truth is this: I DON’T WANT IT TO END. When P90X is over, the question for me is what’s next? Do another round choosing a different program? Make up my own workout schedule utilizing other systems? Try Insanity? What comes next? 

And I can’t help but find that question a little intimidating. I am in the best shape of my adult life, possibly of my entire life. And I’m addicted to feeling like this. I also know how easy it would be just to relax, to allow myself to think “I’ve done it. Glad it’s over.” and eat a Krispy Kreme. As Tony would say, “Nuh-uh, no Krispy Kremes in this house. Get ‘em out!”

I have some ideas about things I want to do, but I’m also taking suggestions. Anyone else had any experience with post-P90X-depression? How did you fight it? What dd you do after P90X?

Also, while supplies last, I’m selling tickets. To the ladies’ gun show. ;) <flex>

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Currently Reading: The Known World

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

I am currently reading The Known World by Edward P. Jones. I’m not far enough into it to talk about the story or over-arching themes, yet. But I am loving the style. Each sentence feels like a story on its own: it hints at events yet to come and reveals details of the past that color the present and will direct the future. Yet the sentences also feel like a conversation you might have sitting on the porch in the evening in the company of an older friend who knows all the histories of everyone in your little town, knows the gossip, meanders through the stories, but never once judges, just tells the tales.

That being said, it does make for tough reading sometimes and I find myself dodging back and forth through the pages to make sure I know the stories of the character who is currently the focus of the writing.

I found this brief interview with Jones at NPR which I enjoyed. I think I would like the opportunity to have a glass of iced tea with Jones and listen to the stories in his head: of his characters and of his life. He seems much like the narrator of his novel, with all the stories, but also, no judgements.

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But Anderson is not really productive. As I have said his heart is not in his work. I think he should be fired and if you will not do the job I should like permission to fire him myself. I therefore suggest that Anderson be asked to sever his connections with the Company on August 1st. He is a nice fellow. We will let him down easy but let’s can him.

Respectfully submitted,

Sherwood Anderson

Sherwood Anderson’s resignation letter

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