Brief Reviews of Various Things

7 January 2000

Brief reviews of various things:

The view of New York from room 1609 of the Sal­is­bury Hotel: Unfortunately, sixteen stories doesn’t buy you all that much in New York. You get Planet Hol­ly­wood across the street and Carnegie Hall a little way down it, but that’s about the extent of it.

The view of Boston from apart­ment 28D of the “Eastgate” complex: Rather impressive–to the left, across the Charles River, down­town Boston; im­me­di­ately in front, several skyscrapers, in­clud­ing the John Hancock building; to the right, past Harvard bridge, an illuminated, an­i­mated red tri­an­gle ad­ver­tis­ing the “Citgo” corporation.

Rebekah (of “the Org”): she’s fun and cool and buys her brother the kind of pre­sents I’m not game to buy mine.

The first 144 pages of Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”: This is a famous book; frankly I don’t un­der­stand the appeal. It is, I suppose, done com­pe­tently enough, but does it really need to be this long?

Toscanini’s “Hot Vanilla”: I so much wanted this to be tasty and delicious, but honesty compels me to report that it was, in fact, execrable.