1. Start with a friend’s article on London Review of Books on the rubbish collectors in Cairo, with things on religion, politics, community activism, and the market for pigmeat.
2. Jump to Christen Lorentzen’s review of ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.’
3. Get curious about the Nazi/non Nazi parlour game from Dorothy Thompson in 1941. (the abridged version: that ‘those who haven’t anything in them to tell them what they like and what they don’t’ are classified as Nazis). Also learn about Dorothy Thompson (possible side project on pioneering women journalists.)
4. The gold: lead to 2007 New Yorker article on Raymond Carver’s short story ‘Beginners’ showing much of the original draft and subsequent edits, and think about how he crafted his stories, by paring them down and down and down to the bitter core.
It’s a procrastination station. It’s just a wander down wunderweb sidestreets. But I feel like I learnt some stuff.