I sit in a brightly-lit diner at the corner of a street which has hours ago emptied out. I pretend to listen to the conversation between the two men with me when a third one walks in. He looks into my eyes then nods to the man behind the counter. He keeps his fedora on as he takes his seat. He sips the coffee he soundlessly asked for and pulls from his suit pocket a small paperback of Camus’s Myth Of Sisyphus. He opens to a page, begins to read and never looks my way again.
The Daily Post’s photo challenge this week invites us to imagine the cover of a favorite book, music album or magazine. How irresistible! This is the cover I would have created for the book I am currently reading…
For the umpteenth time, I popped Dan In Real Life into the DVD player and pressed play.
Funny, romantic and big-hearted, it has yet to stop making me feel good.
Have you seen it? I wonder if it makes you feel the same way…
Another delightful feature of the movie is the soundtrack created by Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche.
Here’s one of the songs- My Hands Are Shaking.
I sip coffee from the paper cup in my hand as I stroll past the 18th- and 19th-century candy-color houses of Benefit Street, Providence’s “mile of history”.
I anticipate the hour or two I will spend on a bench at the quad of Brown, reading the book (Karen Joy Fowler’s “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves”) I picked up at Cellar Stories, the crammed, old-fashioned bookstore I sought out on Mathewson Street the other day.
In the meantime, the morning light dappling the pavement and the yellow leaves fluttering to the ground are delighting me.
Sometimes, it really is enough to just be walking in the sunshine…
Newport, Rhode Island
I only had time to visit one of the gilded-age mansions Newport is known for. I chose the grandest of them all- The Breakers, built for railroad heir, Cornelius Vanderbilt II and named for the waves continually breaking against the cliffs below.