My sister has sent some new pics of the family. Here is my niece, Daniela. Please don't be alarmed, she does have feet.
I dug up an old paperback of short stories for the plane trip down here, The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories edited by Tobias Wolfe from 1994. Bland title aside, it is a collection that holds up well today. It includes some of my favorite authors (Raymond Carver, Tim O'Brien) and some I was not familiar with (Scott Bradfield, Carol Bly). There are also some stories I had never read from familiar authors that blew me away (Dorothy Allison's River of Names for one). As well as some stories that were a pleasure to reread (Emergency by Denis Johnson which is that knife in the eye scene from Jesus' Son). It was refreshing also to read so many stories in a row which had absolutely nothing to do with post 9/11.