On the other other hand...

...the blood test showed that my cholesterol is a slender 133, down about 50 points from last year. I have been eating more vegetables, but still I was surprised. And after being surprised, I became quite quite proud of the number. I'm working it in to as many conversations as I can: O, the percentage of voters who turned out in yesterday's special Congressional election? Speaking of numbers, did you know that my cholesterol is...


And I got a good review from Bookslut, which called my book "far more selfless than most illness memoirs. Its eyes rove outward more than almost anything else I’ve read in the genre.... It is a sort of black planet she flies over like a pilot, unable to reach down but guided by small, scattered tribal fires of compassion.... The book is funny, damned funny. Much more Rabelais and Woody Allen than Homer." (See the rest of Richard Wirick's review at: http://www.bookslut.com/nonfiction/2009_02_014148.php

Again, the link function isn't working so well on this here blogger thing.


And my candidate and friend, Tom Geoghegan, referred to once or twice in this blog as T, one of the intellectuals who not only subscribes to but also reads The New York Review of Books, did not win the Democratic primary yesterday, for Rahm Emanuel's vacated seat.

Despite my cavassing of strangers and haranguing of friends. I guess Washington's not ready for another smart, skinny, book-writing Harvard lawyer from Chicago. And I guess it's back to the margins for me: Obama was the first candidate I ever worked for who actually WON. I thought maybe that meant that the mainstream had moved over to my way of thinking. Guess not.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sorry your candidate lost this time - reminds me of all the ones I worked for between Carter and Obama. Better luck next time.

Sam

Jules Joyce said...

Sandi ~ Do you remember when you and I went to get our cholesterol checked in Chicago in the 80s? It was your idea. It was the first time for both of us, lol. My cholesterol count was good -- maybe excellent. Yours was too, wasn't it? My cholesterol got really bad in later years and my doctor put me on Lipitor. The Lipitor seems to be working. Now that I've reminded you of our cholesterol adventure, do you remember when we went to that pagan ceremony? That was your idea too. I need to hang out with you more often :-)

CONGRATULATIONS on your book, babe!