LATELY — 7 January 2000

Brief Reviews of Various Things

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.