__________, thank you for the invitation. Things could not have worked out better on all levels. 2666 arrived from Powell's yesterday morning just as I had finished the previous book. Today I began house sitting for a Mexican friend who is in the big city for a week on business.
The house is deeper in my neighborhood, which is called Colonia San Antonio and is very Mexican. It has a high wall around it with broken bottles embedded along the top and comes with a large yellow dog named Zumm. There is a great interior courtyard with lots of large plants where I read in the sun during the day. No heat inside at night, but I am used to that.
I have a 19 liters of potable water and a full refrigerator. There are a meat shop, tortilleria, bakery, vegetable and fruit shop, and two small grocery stores within one block of me. I have intermittent electricity and a strong wifi signal when the electricity is on. All my wants and needs.
Zumm and I have nothing to do but read this book, and he is not hogging it. I have finished The Part About the Critics today. I should be able to finish one part every day and still have time for personal hygiene. I will soon be caught up with y'all. Looks like the dust is starting to settle a bit here in this discussion so my timing is about right.
For anyone who might be interested in a little extra credit reading, I suggest this interesting article that appeared in Harpers last spring, The Sicario: A Juárez Hit Man Speaks by Charles Bowden. I do not have the permission of Harpers to offer it to you in that form, but it is clearly for educational purposes here.