We need to write.

I keep telling Mark:  What you think this is the wheel of fortune? You think you can.. leave the table? Thanks Kate, off to sunny Spain…you think I’m gonna have that? You really think I’m gonna have that, ya ponce. All right, I’ll make it easy for you. Are you gonna do the job? It’s not a difficult question, are you gonna do the job, yes or no? 

Sexy Beast….

We’re in the town of Nerja ; this trip has a lot of travel and not as much writing till now.

We got into town from Granada and got into the little place we’re renting near the beach. We unpacked and then late in the evening, made paella with calmari, mussels, prawns, clams. M’s good with the paella, and the tomatoes are very fresh here. We listened to Maria Callas and I stayed up half the night reading Dave Eggers The Circle for an article I’m working on for the Guardian. I wanted to not like this book. Dave Eggers, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Lethem, Jonathan Franzen, Jonathan Safran Foer always seemed to me along with Brett Easton Ellis and Jay McInerny as writers who were writing for a whole group of smart rich wonderful urban young men who I do not know.

Toni Morrison, Marilyn Robinson, Edwidge Danticat, Janet Fitch, Jeanette Winterson, they are writing for my people. Also Ron Carlson, T. C. Boyle, Percival Everett, I like stories in which people struggle. Not just because they’re women but also because they are not privileged. Robinson’s Lila is a story that I know like my skin.

But this book, everyone should read it.  Everyone in America anyway.  It’s everything that’s wrong with FB and social media in general.  Eggers doesn’t need me to like the book though.  Tom Hanks is making it into a movie.

We drink sangria and read poetry. The sand is full of people by afternoon. One has to get up early.

We never dress up in Spain because we don’t need to.

There aren’t any clouds.

In the streets they stare at my legs but it’s too hot so I keep with the dresses down to the thighs but at the beach, the women are topless.

We are glad to do our laundry and cook our own food.

On vacations like this, we dream a lot.

Once we can cook, we make salads. We have langostinos which are messy and best eaten with your hands. The tomatoes are thick and meaty. We compare our terrible childhoods, but from here they seem faraway like reading a mystery or watching a pirate boat at sea through a long glass. The pirate ship is tiny and after a while, you keep drinking rum and maybe you imagined the pirates.

We couldn’t live like this all the time. I’m going to read Alice Munroe and Gore Vidal next. If we travelled more, we would see all the way down the deep well of our own souls. You don’t need to post anything on Facebook. You could just read and write. You could think. You have to get away from the screen to actively think.

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