There’s a level of panic when you’ve mapped out your trail, you’re riding in the woods, and you get a flat tire.
I didn’t feel like pushing my bike five miles.
So I kept riding. Did I ruin the wheel? Probably. Eventually I glided downhill to my destination, a friend’s nursing home. Hello! The people in wheelchairs in the lobby couldn’t help me. My friend couldn’t help me. I certainly didn’t ask the nurses or activity director.
I rode most of the way home, too, because I couldn’t face wheeling my bike out of the inner city, locking it up somewhere more visible, and then taking the bus.
The bike broke down eventually, but I made it most of the way.
So I’m lounging around tonight, drinking iced tea instead of blogging, and posting links to the Five Most Intriguing Articles on the Web.
1. If you haven’t studied literature or languages, chances are you don’t know English grammar. Do you know what a participle is? Do you know when to use “I” and when to use “me”? In an article in The Wall Street Journal, “This Embarrasses You and I: Grammar Gaffes Invade the Office in an Age of Informal E-Mail, Texting, and Twitter,” Sue Shellenbarger reports that “about 45% of 430 employers said they were increasing employee-training programs to improve employees’ grammar and other skills, according to the Society for Human Resource Management and AARP.”
2. I was happy to read Christopher Fowler’s article in The Independent, ” Invisible Ink: No 128 – Pamela Hansford Johnson,” about Bello Pan Macmillan’s reissue of Pamela Hanford Johnson’s books as e-books. Fowler says, “…lucid writing is once more being recognised as a desirable literary trait, which may partly explain why Pamela Hansford Johnson’s work is coming back into print (the other reason is that ebooks provide an affordable route to republication).”
3. Mariner Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) has reissued new editions of Philip K. Dick’s novels with attractive covers.
4. I love The San Francisco Chronicle’s series of articles, “First Sentences in New Books.”
5. An article in The Chicago Tribune, “The type rider’s tour: Maya Stein stops in Chicago on her 40-day bike trip to write a collaborative book,” describes the writer Stein’s stop in Chicago at a lit fest on her 40-day ride from Amherst, Mass., to Milwaukee. Stein sets up her typewriter and asks people to type their memories for her collaborative book.