San Francisco was so so so so amazing. Rae Helmsworth rocked the Hyatt and put together an amazing team of volunteers, and this time it was like a really, really fabulous high school reunion only we all looked better than in high school and there were no evil cheerleaders. Not to mention Lee Child’s wonderful Reacher Creature party, this time open to all attendees for the first time ever, which is tremendously kind and generous of Lee to do for a lobby-full of 1600 people who, let’s face it, can probably outdrink the Shriners and the Kennedys combined. Not to mention tanker captains.
For a taste of what it was like (and to see the fabulous Ball O’ Twine sculpture), click here:
2. Roger Vivier shoes
Viviers are what Queen Elizabeth the II wore at her coronation (hers had 3,000 garnets on them), and what Cathering DeNeuve wore in Belle de Jour. Also, the guy invented the spike heel to match Dior’s New Look. Credit where credit is due–take that Manolo.
3. B. Kliban cartoons
I used to have B. Kliban sheets, in boarding school…
4. The view from Nepenthe, in Big Sur…
5. The Exeter-Andover game, especially when we beat those Smurfs…
6. Playing with quick snapshots from my iPhone until they’re hallucinogenic…
7. Glenn Gould playing the Goldberg Variations…
8. Berkeley… and the sun setting over the Pacific in general.
9. Sargent paintings
10. The odd little brick building in the vegetable garden at Monticello. Those windows are triple-hung, so you can slide them all the way up from the floor to let the breeze through on all four sides, and there’s still a Windsor chair in there that you can sit in and read, or just take in the view.
10. Yah, too much “gracious living.” How about a little Velvet Underground?
OK, guys, what’re your top ten this week? Movies? Music? Pharmaceuticals?
Here’s a bonus from me:
The Photoshopping my sister Elena did of my daughter’s ex-boyfriend.