At home, after a day of heavy eating. I am now the proud owner of fur-lined Latvian mittens, the 1952 autobiography Bullfighter from Brooklyn, two novels by Ivy Compton-Burnett, & a new, slim Canon A330 (thanks for the tip, Goggla). These presents are perfect. The mittens are a sensory delight, & the fact that the fur is hidden makes wearing them especially pleasing. The bullfighter in question grew up just a few blocks from here. Hemingway admired his skills in the ring. Compton-Burnett's dark and subversive work isn't much known in the States, but it should be:
"Apart from physical violence and starvation, there is no feature of the totalitarian regime which has not its counterpart in the atrocious families depicted in (her) books."
Edward Sackville West
The little camera will have its first outing tomorrow.