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    Bridge Ladies Sometimes I think a meteor could strike the earth and wipe out mankind with the exception of my mother’s Bridge club — Roz, Bea, Bette, Rhoda, and Jackie — five Jewish octogenarians who continue to gather for lunch and Bridge on Mondays as they have for over fifty years. When I set out to learn about the women behind the matching outfits and accessories, I never expected to fall in love with them. This is the story of the ladies, their game, and most of all the ragged path that led me back to my mother.
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All My Bags Are Packed

Posting from my Pinkberry at LAX where plane is grounded due to mechanical difficulties. So more apologies for sub-par post and no graphics. Also, the sanitary pad isn’t working.People all around me on devices of all kinds. Read that Kindle is releasing a thinner, cheaper model. Press releases between Bezos and Jobs are exchanged like bullets across enemy lines and all for…books. It’s downright flattering. I’m lugging my hc 2666 where another girl is brutally murdered every other paragraph and I’m standing by the printed page. I’m standing by paper and glue and boards and headbands.Blah, blah, give me the blah. Had one amazing meeting in LA. This could be it but don’t want to jinx. Globes. Emmy. Globes. Emmy. Or as my daughter says, Mommy, what will you wear. And, omg, what will we do with your hair?

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  1. Kindle can get paper thin and cheap as penny candy I still don’t want to know that I am 20% into a 500 page book. I want the sexy numbered hand heft of bound paper especially when the lights go out.

    • Sorry this is not a response for your last entry. I have a question and for some reason (maybe it’s me) I could not respond to the just ask the question, yada, yada, yada. What do you advise? I have 50 pages of what would be my first chapter in my novel. What do the agents that receive these pages do with them if they are rejected? I have looked at the websites of a few agents who say do not expect anything back unless they are interested. Do most agents handle their submissions this way. Please advise, thanks and sorry about your layover. Lucky for you, you have a laptop to do some work while you are waiting. JB

  2. ‘Kindle the cheap’ is being released on my birthday, 8/27. I’m thoroughly annoyed and wish Kindle, O Magazine and the Chelsea Clinton wedding updates that are dominating the pages of my daily rag in the Hudson Valley, would simply go away and now.

    Safe travels, Betsy.

  3. It’s the hair thing that worries me, too.

  4. Reading on an iPad is a lovely experience—and I’m a lifelong reader. iBooks has the aesthetic *down.*

    Have the Kindle app for the iPad as well, tho it truly sux to look at. Been through nearly all of Henry James again, some Trollope, Chekov—all free from Project Gutenberg or the App Store or Amazon. They give away all the best books! Though I bought the new Alice Munro.

    p.s. Watching movies on the iPad is also amazingly great.

  5. No jinx possible here, Betsy, because the tarot cards are looking mighty good for you, right, Kyler?

    Not sweating the appearance of my hair. However, I reassure myself every single day that it’s actually a good thing I have no publishing contract in hand, because that buys me plenty of time to drop about 40 pounds before someone asks for a photo.

    • Well, I was in the mood to say something, but I didn’t know what…until now. Oh Betsy, I don’t want to jinx it either, but couldn’t resist picking a card for you, hope you don’t mind. I got the 9 of Cups, Happiness, and I’m so glad. Can you live with that? Could you stand to be happy? We’re all routing for you.

  6. I personally love these seat-of-the-pants blog posts. I picture you in LAX muttering about hair. Love it.

  7. Hooped over turned earth
    they stalk between tides,
    unlooked for but found,
    approaching, too close almost!

    The stubble of worms
    they take shaved clean
    at the root, loose grass
    on the breeze

    and shifting
    temporary islands somewhere
    behind the high ditch
    world enough for them –

    held
    in a gaze
    they do not return
    tracking their looped cries

    upwards and peeling
    away as one at last
    that I might know what
    I have seen.

    From Hide, published for the Humber Mouth literature festival.

  8. fingers crossed.

  9. There are people for that. Great ones.

  10. Hoping.

  11. Coco Chanel once said: “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

  12. I wonder what you would call it in England?

    “Press-on towel” Pad just doesn’t have quite the same ring . . .

  13. Oh…I finally understand the sanitary pad reference…didn’t get that the other day….

    I have an ereader, but I can’t get myself to use it except in the gym. Ugh…so what if an ipad is just like reading a book? It’s easy enough to read the real thing….and it’s easier for me to lug around a book than some ereader that I have to worry about breaking, dropping…

    sorry to vent, but I hate hearing about or thinking about ereaders….the bane of my existence (well, it feels that way to me, anyway).

    finger, toes crossed, too.

  14. Don’t you just love daughters?

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  16. Spanx, a classic, simple black dress, a relaxed french twist—>garnished with cold and expensive hooch.

  17. I don’t comment enough — or, I guess I do, as I don’t have anything interesting to say — but I can’t tell you enough how much I love love love your blog with its regular cast of characters.

    Don’t know how to explain but there is some beautiful totality created with your thoughts and what it evokes from the regular contributors.

    Guess what I’m saying is I feel a part of a family here — and how obnoxious is that since I never participate!! But this is one cool place.

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