A couple of other books that wowed me over the season: Divisadero by Ondaatje. (I was worried - people I admire had been so lukewarm on it. But no - brilliant, I say. On the way to becoming my most dogeared and scrawled upon copy of an Ondaatje book yet). The other book is Wonder, the Rainbow and the Aesthetics of Rare Experiences by Philip Fisher. Mainly the book flies over my small brain, but the last chapter, a reading of Cy Twombly's painting, Il Parnasso, utterly blew me away.
Perhaps due to the wine sipping sessions, I got the idea in my head to learn to embroider. My first effort is a pillowcase for Chloe. I learned the stitches as I went, which is fairly evident. I shan't quit my day job....but I have to say it is a great deal of fun. Completely takes you out of yourself.