Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and the new fall season.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and the new fall season.

What is it about September that makes it feel like a new year? Is it the change of season, back-to-school time, or the move from indoors to outdoors?

September always feels like the start of a new year to me—more so than January. Everything is new or restarting: new television shows, new movies coming out (in time for the Oscars), new music, new sports seasons, elections, and the tell-tale sign of fall—pumpkin spice.

While it still hasn’t felt like fall weather yet, it feels like its time for fall. My mind and body are automatically thinking about making soup, savoring pumpkin-flavored treats, wearing jackets, and getting new sweaters.

I admit I’m ready for fall and ready for a new “year.”

Have a wonderful weekend!

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, which I finished. The book tells the story of one young Pakistani man’s initially optimistic view of America and how that view diminishes after 9/11.

Hamid brilliantly unfolds the story in one sustained monologue by Changez, the young Pakistani man, to an unidentified American man. On the surface there is a polite tone but tension brews underneath as Changez’s disillusionment with America evolves. This book is not only well written but it is distinct and evocative. It gives the reader a whole new understanding of how America is viewed.

I sort of put aside The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr. It’s one of those books that feels like homework—homework I want to do—rather than reading for pleasure.

I’m starting this book this weekend in honor of Banned Books Week.

I’ve been watching . . . nothing. But cozy fall weather is up ahead, which is perfect for staying in and watching some good shows.

Looking forward to this show starting on September 27 and this one on October 4 and this one too on October 14.

Riverdale, Season 3 looks even more crazy and dark so not sure if I’ll keep up with that one.

What are you looking forward to watching this fall?

I’ve been listening to . . . new music and still obsessing over the My Morning Coffee playlist.

I’m checking out Tony Bennett and Diana Krall’s new album Love Is Here to Stay. I love Diana Krall and jazz—and Tony Bennett is not too bad either. Also new is Paul McCartney’s Egypt Station. And another Paul has a new album out—Paul Weller’s True Meanings is a lush, all-acoustic collection of new songs. It’s a departure from his Jam and Style Council days but just as good.

I can’t believe it took me this long to learn about the “supergroup” boygenius. Phoebe Bridgers (who I love), Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus formed boygenius and released three songs from their upcoming EP. This is a collaboration I’m excited about. So far, love what I’ve heard—can’t wait to hear the whole EP.

Those are just a few new albums for fall. There are plenty more to choose from.



(Photograph by Gabby Orcutt.) 

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