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Archive for November, 2008

Self-congratulations and an offering of pasta

I know, I know. My last entry was a shamefully long time ago. There was an election, as you know. I went on my first business trip the very next day. Oh, and I was mentioned (not by name, but still…) in Publishers Weekly. I was the intern to happen upon the manuscript of one of¬†Coffee House Press’¬†most successful books to date. It’s a great feeling as I slowly build a name for myself in my industry. Though it would be better to have my name printed in one of the most widely-read trade mags in the book world, this is genuinely worthy of Xeroxing and sending to my grandparents.


You best be voting.

What an exciting time. As I write this, it’s late in my work day; I’ve had a few productive moments, but most of today has been spent trying to find any sort of actual update about the election. It’s far too early to tell, but maybe by the time you read this, we’ll know what happened. And whether we’re happy or sad.

I voted at 7:15 this morning at the Unitarian Universalist Church a few blocks away. I stood in line with a lot of other young professionals, some couples, a few dogs and babies. I passed the time (nearly an hour) reading The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and eavesdropping on others’ conversations. I felt very relaxed and patient because I knew I was doing something important. And I knew being late to work wasn’t a big deal.

So, if you haven’t voted and are reading this in time, please go vote! I don’t care who for! Be proud to be an American, which is difficult to remember sometimes when considering our reputation in some parts of the universe, or the state of the current economy, or whatever else makes you feel disappointed. Your vote can help change that!

I’m posting this widget with no telling of what color it will be tomorrow. Here’s to hope.