I’m in the throes of preparation for our imminent trip to America. Which means I spend hours frantically making lists; trying on various combinations of my clothing (it’s amazing what you can do with half-a-dozen shirts; three pairs of jeans; two pairs of trainers, and a fishing hat); cleaning random parts of the house; and googling what’s on view at the Met (Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire, 1902-1906, hurrah!). And then I collapse, pick up a book, read the same sentence fifty times, give up and go to bed.

But last evening I went to the website of my favourite radio show and listened to this Toni Morrison tribute, an interview from 2009 in which she discusses her novel A Mercy with the wonderful Michael Silverblatt.

I almost feel ready to begin packing now.

Header image: The Met

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