Well, the time has come to celebrate the new year and express our gratitude for the old. I’m grateful for many things, of course, not the least of which is that our 1 year old has more or less recovered from the Christmas flu – a little gift I brought back from China for everyone – and that he no longer runs around like a devil-child at all hours of the day and night, hopped up on some cocaine-like medication that the doctors prescribed for him twice daily. I’m also grateful that our six-year-old is increasing his vocabulary. His latest acquisition is the word “consider”, as in “Daddy, I made a New Year’s resolution!” “What’s that, Ben?” “Well, I’m no longer going to consider your nose to be very big.”
Yes. My heart is overwhelmed with gratitude.
But really, I am enormously grateful to have such a wonderful family. And also, of course, to be receiving such good attention for the book. Some of the very with-it readers here have already mentioned the two latest book-related events – a new review out tomorrow in the New York Times, and an interview tomorrow with me and Bert on KQED’s radio show Forum, with Michael Krasny. KQED, for those of you not from the West Coast, is the San Francisco affiliate of NPR, and our interview will take place tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. PST. Forum is a listener call-in program, so hopefully some of you will get on the lines. I believe that KQED streams their radio programs here.
I’ve been enjoying the discussion of the WSJ review and the Brooks column in the earlier thread, and I hope that people will use the comments in this post to talk about the newest review in the NYT, as well as the radio interview. Bert and I are both nervous about the interview – it won’t be easy to talk about the book articulately in that context, and I’m sure that we’ll mess it up in various ways. Pointers about how we could have done better are especially welcome.
And Happy New Year to everyone!