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Laurel Boruck  Rogue bibliophile turned professional book person; wind-blown galosher, dreamer of dreams.

Scenes from the farm. Mom says grandpa was a Chevy man but that he had a rusty truck sitting in this same spot.

This weekend I stayed on the farm where my mom grew up, in the house my grandparents built. It was sold before I was born, so for me, this was a place that until now had existed mostly in the province of story.

I've been making some new friends. (Their affections are easily bought with carrots, so we're already thick as thieves even though it's only been twenty four hours.)

Scenes from Saturday.

I got to see my brilliant, funny, friend Jess do standup comedy last night, and (as will come as no surprise to anyone who knows her) she killed it. 🔥

John Williams is brilliant, and hearing his music played live was a real delight.

Gettin' older, stayin' silly. 🎂🥂🔫

The kind of book that'll make you fight heavy eyelids on a long, late-night flight because you want to know what happens next. Also the kind of book that will have you so completely absorbed that you jump halfway out of your seat when the passenger next to you sneezes. (Or it will if you're me, anyways.) As for what it's like: I told someone today that it's kind of like if the TV show Once Upon a Time was written by Neil Gaiman.

There's an art installation in the lobby of the New York Times Building made up of screens showing different lines pulled from NYT articles. As I walked through, one said, "You can freak out later at night when you're alone," which turned out to be pretty good advice.

I have a lot of good feelings about this city. (Can you believe this view?)

The Laika exhibit at the Portland Art Museum is incredible and absolutely worth seeing. It's amazing how much skill and imagination go into even the smallest details of their work. (The Boxtrolls is my favorite, but if you haven't seen any of Laika's movies, you can start anywhere; they're all great.)

I enjoyed this book very much. It covers some of the most important ideas in modern physics, among them Einstein's theory of general relativity, quantum mechanics, and the structure of the cosmos. Rovelli's writing is approachable and lucent, conveying the wonder and mystery inherent to physics. And because each chapter started as a newspaper column, they were just enough to whet my appetite. If you're like me—fascinated by physics but possessing little knowledge of it—you'd probably enjoy this too.
"It was reality. Or better, a glimpse of reality, a little less veiled than our blurred and banal everyday view of it. A reality that seems to be made of the same stuff that our dreams are made of, but that is nevertheless more real than our clouded, quotidian dreaming."

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