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I'm Back

By Rich Heldenfels Published: June 10, 2012

Well, vacation is basically over. Which means, among other things, that I have been plowing through tons of mail, both standard and e-. And now that I have bunch of viewing to catch up on, some welcome ("The Newsroom"), some not ("Snooki and JWoww"). And some things to chat with you good folks about. So keep an eye on this space.

The vacation, by the way, was your most basic form of resting for the bride and me: Sitting in the sun in the Outer Banks (aside from some blasts of wind and cold), good eating (I put up some enthusiastic Facebook posts about Duck Donuts, Sooey's barbecue and Kill Devil's hamburgers) and very light TV viewing mixed with a lot of reading. Went through Caroline Moorehead's biography of Martha Gellhorn, John Gregory Dunne's novel "Nothing Lost" and Ben Fountain's novel "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk." All impressive work (and the Fountain novel came from a recommendation by Nick Hornby).

As the vacation was winding down I was about a third of the way through the fourth volume of Robert Caro's biography of Lyndon Johnson. I will finish it; Caro is immensely readable and detailed, even if his sentences occasionally spread too wide and redundantly; I've read the first three volumes and am not quitting now.

But I took a break from Caro for airplane reading -- Dan Brown's "Deception Point," which I found better written than "Angels & Demons" but still increasingly humorous as its action became more interese (and extreme). But it passed the time in the air and waiting for flights.



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