Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

The Boy, again

August 25, 2014

The boy is starting school again, at a new (public) school, new year, new teachers, new friends. Fingers crossed …

Back

August 2, 2014

We’re back in steamy, comfortable old NOLA. It’s nice to be back in the city where I live, the city where I work, the city I’m writing a big long book about, the city my kids think of as home. Three and a half weeks until teaching starts, a nice stretch to get settled in, do some writing and some home improvement, and hang in the hot sun by the pool watching the boy for hours on end.

Fabers

July 25, 2014

3 generations of Fabers, at Squam Lake in New Hampshire.Fabers at Squam

NYC, cont’d.

July 13, 2014

I had a very nice lunch with Brigitta (of PU Press), some lovely walks with Lisa, played a fun God Street Wine show, the kids are enjoying camp, the apartment is nice, the city is beautiful, the weather is perfect, we are loving being in NYC. Next week we’ll also get out to Princeton and see some old friends.

Father and daughter selfie, with ice cream cones, Washington Square park.

Father and daughter selfie, with ice cream cones, Washington Square park.

Something exciting happened …

July 12, 2014

… in New York that I can’t really talk about right now. The week of September 25th is when I’ll be able to talk about it. It’s hilarious, exciting, silly, kind of unbelievable, and it involves not me so much as my beautiful, awesome wife. Stay tuned …

Pizza

July 9, 2014

We’re in NY and eating all the pizza we can. Sad fact about New Orleans: even though there is so much great food, there is nothing at all that really deserves the name of pizza. It’s frustrating that New Orleanians themselves don’t realize this, they’ve simply never experienced genuine NY-NJ pizza. (They’re like the Ohio people who think Pizza Hut is actually pizza.) Domenica is OK but it’s a gourmet, thin crust, Tuscan trip, not at all like the real metro Neapolitan wop stuff. Venezia is actually pretty damn good, but it’s in a rather out of the way (for me) part of town. And Theo’s, Reginelli’s, Slice, and the rest — fuggedaboutit.

Why can't you do this, New Orleans?

Why can’t you do this, New Orleans?

Back in NYC

July 7, 2014

It’s so great to be back in New York. This time, back here as an adoptive New Orleanian. Which does feel different. The weather is great, the kids are psyched, we have a nice apartment just off Washington Square where I went to college for a couple years back in another lifetime.

New York always feels so great to me. It feels like home, right off the bat: this is the place I know, the culture I come from, the people I feel part of. In New Orleans I still feel like an outside observer a lot of the time — happy and honored and fascinated to be there, true, but still an outsider. And the other thing about NYC is the energized feeling. It makes me want to get up and go, walk faster down the street, do more, be smarter, think bigger thoughts. And I look around at all the creative people here and I know it’s having that effect on them too. What causes that, where does it come from? Culture, self fulfilling expectations, or something in the atmosphere? In any case, so cool.

13

May 4, 2014

I am now officially the Dad of a teenager. Be afraid.

She's 13, she's cool, she's awkward, she's super confident and totally confused, she's infuriating, she's the best.

She’s 13, she’s cool, she’s awkward, she’s super confident and totally confused, she’s infuriating, she’s the best.

The Boy

February 23, 2014

I am super stressed, frankly, over stuff to do with my 7-year old son that I don’t really want to explain or elaborate on in this blog. Suffice it to say that little Lo is a terrific, intelligent, creative, sweet kid, who has brought so much joy to our family, but who is having some stress and some difficulties in his life. And the pain of your kids having stress and difficulties — that’s serious stuff (and we’ve never really had it all that much with Millie, who could be a bit tempestuous when she was little, but really she’s always just been sure of herself, funny, resourceful, a joy).

Getting through this time and meeting these challenges is going to make him a stronger, deeper, wiser person. But in the moment, it’s really not easy, and it makes all the other stuff I write about on this blog seem rather unimportant by comparison.