Friday, May 15, 2009

On the Road


It is certainly nice to be home after being on the road for work for nearly a month. Two weeks in Chicago, then two weeks commuting daily between metro Atlanta and Milledgeville, Georgia.


While in Chicago, I had the opportunity to meet author Neil Shubin at a discussion and signing for his book Your Inner Fish. I'm hoping the book will give me some insights on the matter of my own inner fish, as well as to some of those less evolved.


Chicago is a tremendous city, especially for eating. I also had the chance to see the famous Loyola University basketball court, and Soldier Field. The Field Museum is simply not to be missed. Indiana Jones would melt in that place.


Recommended reading:


From Lucy to Language by Donald Johanson (with photography by Georgia photographer, for National Geographic staff photography, Hominid expert, and former dairyman David Brill)


Summer for the Gods by Georgia author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Larson


Comets by David Levy (the Mr. Rogers of astronomy)


After Chicago, it was back to Atlanta, then on the road each day to Milledgeville (home to Georgia's antebellum capitol, the State mental health facility, and Flannery O'Conner). Oddly enough, I got the email from work that I'd be going to Milledgeville on O'Conner's birthday. Several days later, friends from my former bookstore in Athens, GA let me know that they had just hosted Brad Gooch for a reading and signing of his new book, Flannery-A Life of Flannery O'Conner. The book was, I believe, well reviewed in the New York Times. I recommend it, too.


Recommended:


Gooch's book and any works by O'Conner.


Glad to be home. Hope to have time to read a little.


Oh, also, I finished Ray Bergman's Freshwater Bass while in Chicago (while not working or eating). If you like old fishing books, I highly recommend it.


I'm finally up on Facebook (another distraction from reading). Our daughter, age six, just lost her first tooth, and was invited to read at new kindergartner orientation at her elementary school. And our four year-old Star Wars nerd is kicking my butt at Star Wars Legos Wii.


Good luck everybody.


RMR






1 comment:

Betsy Rhame-Minor said...

Hello. I have also just finished reading Gooch's new book and I really enjoyed it. I am planning to visit Andalusia in June. I've just gotten back from Savannah and visited O'Connor's childhood home. If you haven't done that, it's very interesting and the home is beautiful. I'm enjoying your blog.

Betsy