Greetings and welcome to the Shamey Finger Edition of You Are What You Read.
Something happened this week that I feel I need to report to you all. While not especially pleasing it is such a rarity that it must be reported.
There is an intact dead pigeon in the underpass. It has been there for 2 days now, lying in repose on collected filth of the sidewalk.
While there are still bits and pieces of its brethren, this dead blackish pigeon is in one piece.
Sorry People. It’s a slow week and that underpass is a disgrace. Seriously, it needs proper cleaning. Shoveling the debris up against the concrete is not cleaning it. If I lived here and that’s what people saw as they walked around where I lived I would be ashamed. Also, not for nothing, your children ride their bikes and walk under it too. Did you know that there are over 60 different diseases that can be linked to pigeons and their mess? Here’s a fun fact for you: the average pigeon produces 25 pounds of waste per year. Think about what never cleaning that up looks like. If you don’t care about us getting scurvy or whatever, care about your kids breathing that stuff in.
Also, in other news, the traffic island that was once in the middle of Ledge Road at the Post Road no longer exists. The driving shenanigans have whittled it down to a nubbin. Perhaps this week you noticed that the sign that lived in the middle of it was down for the count for a couple of days.
Maybe these two things are related. Maybe they aren’t. Whatever. Consider this my every six months without fail plea to a) clean that mess under the 95 Underpass up, and b) please be respectful of people using the cross walks.
This week we have some flowers, a murder/suicide, some Naples and a bear, and a diary.
Diane. Forever reading pretty. “The Flower Workshop: Lessons in Arranging Blooms, Branches, Fruits and Foraged Material, is an extra long title for a great book. Author Ariella Chezar has prepared step by step instructions for 50 floral projects which range from simple pieces to the very elaborate. The author prefers local, wild, seasonal flowers and foliage to create each arrangement, bouquet, garland or wreath. Projects can be adapted with flowers or foliage that might be easier to find at our local shops. Advice is also given concerning the textures of foliage and flowers that will work well together. Ariella offers workshops at The Flower School in New York and I would love to attend one.”
The Always Fabulous Babs B as just finished [The Fix(https://dar.to/2vQdy6t) by David Baldacci. “I have love the Amos Decker series and the third installment does not disappoint! Decker is headed for a meeting when directly in front of him, a man walks out of a coffee house, catches up with a woman and shoots her dead. He then shoots himself. The victim is a substitute teacher who supposedly lives a quiet life. Why did this man shoot this woman? These is Amos Decker’s toughest case yet, full of false leads, false trails, and it all leads to a serious potential threat to national security. The Fix is pure Decker with a twist.
J-Rae the Coolest is tackling a series that has proved very popular. “I just finished the second in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novel Series and have come to urge you all to pick up the first, My Brilliant Friend. If you are the type of reader who loves to connect with characters, this is the perfect series for you. It follows the coming of age of the narrator, starting at her adolescence in a rural village in Italy during WWII when she meets an unusual girl her age which ignites a fever-dream type friendship. This winding story will have you throwing the book down, picking it up, and, if you're like me, muttering at the pages. I sip this book series like a fine scotch; you will want to savor every graciously provided detail. P.S. if you're looking for the weirdest-most-hilarious documentary then check out Grizzly Man, you have to experience it for yourself."
The Always Delightful Pat S is doing some diary dipping this week with Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris. “As a longtime fan of Sedaris, I couldn’t wait to read his first volume of diaries and I wasn’t disappointed. Beginning at 21, in 1979, we meet a lost, quasi- artistic type, who bounces from one deadbeat job to another, enjoying the frequent inhalation of drugs for entertainment. This early period lasts for several years until he finally settles into art school and slowly begins to find his own direction. Ultimately, he arrives in New York, where, while on his way professionally, he must still suffer the indignity of jobs to tide him over, including being a Christmas Elf at Macy’s during the holidays. In each and every situation, Sedaris isn’t sharing his feelings about finding himself, but rather sharing stories about the people he meets and the world around him. Through razor sharp observation and eavesdropping, Sedaris brings to life the odd and extraordinary characters and events that make up his days. As the diaries progress, he begins to find his true authorial voice, the one that you will recognize from Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls."
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from That State Up North with the Playlist and the final musings. What’s good Pats? "As I write this we’re heading Up North for our annual Kernen family summer gathering. So while I bask in the sun and sand for the next week, I hope you enjoy an album that will be on repeat for our haul Up North. It’s finally getting some radio love and airplay. It’s a band that we’ll be seeing twice this year and that says A LOT about how much we love The New Pornographers. If you don’t know them, you should. They are the kings and queens of power-pop."