A friend says: “hey, where've you been... ?”
Well, I’ve been pondering the imponderable. Maria. New York. The novel-in-progress. Most recently I was deeply touched by a movie based on a painting by Vermeer. About which Roger Ebert says, “Sometimes two people will regard each other over a gulf too wide to ever be bridged, and know immediately what could have happened, and that it never will. That is essentially the message of 'Girl with a Pearl Earring.'"