There's been a cold snap in the Netherlands this week. The wind is howling out of the east--off the frozen steppe--instead of the usual warm wet wind from the west, off the Gulf Stream. Some canals have frozen which gave my NIAS colleague, the intrepid Guido Goluk, Kerouac's Dutch translator, a smooth trip home to Amsterdam. He's biking in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan this summer.
- Brooklin, Maine, United States
- We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and an '86 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of '97 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 24 years-we're recyclers. I've published 2 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), and THE O'BRIENS (2012), and 2 collections of stories NIGHT DRIVING (1987), and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my book stuff at www.peterbehrens.org I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'll be teaching at Colorado College and Wichita State in 2013-14.