Because: I can’t get enough of stuff like this. I would like to amend the “do what you always wanted to do” thread with something more like, “do what you think you really want to do right now, what you think it is best for you and will make you most happy.” (And please, let’s not assume this is all self-indulgent, because what makes you most happy, for example, could be making others happy.) Or, you can always say “do what you always wanted to do by doing whatever it is you want to do.” Am I losing you? Am I lost? Maybe, but: “Not all who are wander are lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkien
Because: Notice how that DEK right up there, which is journalism speak for that hyperlinked phrase above, seems to have nothing to do with the quoted portion? That quote happens to be the first paragraph of the story. I started reading and was thrilled. Here we have a woman after my own heart, I thought, another excellent addition to my favorite reads in the expat genre. The first page was headed where I expected it to go, where anyone would expect it to go based on that first paragraph. The following—and final—two pages turned into a detailed account of neighborhood wanderings, gentrification and a play-by-lay of succulent meals. The writing is strong, eloquent, of course. But what happened?! Why are you moving back after two years, Amy? Why and how did you choose to live where you did, go where you did? Who were you with? Where is explanation for anything? I suppose I’ll have to read your forthcoming book, though I do feel duped.
Also, can we swap my name and current city for the author’s? “AMY M. THOMAS, who writes about food, fashion and travel, lived in Paris for two years. She is writing a book about her Parisian experience.”
Because: Modern Love is one of my favorite regular reads. The essays, always from different contributors, have elicited some of the strongest emotional reactions I’ve had to writing. They are at some times humorous, at others repulsive or devastating, but always interesting.
This piece in particular is written by a fellow Hightstown High School alumna, and it’s excellent.