a vesuvial belching of syllables


Just as a bit of housekeeping, I’ll be going here on Thursday:



Well, more specifically here:



Although now that I look at it, the resemblance to the southwest part of England is remarkable:


Anyway, I’ve been accepted to a writer’s workshop in Positano, on the Italian coast, just south of Pompeii – and for one week, I’ll be at Le Sireneuse helping other writers with their work (and they, too, with mine). Then Tessa and the Lulubeans will meet me in Rome, and we’ll spend spring break listening to Lucy speak Italian she learned from swiping Tessa’s computer and bustin’ the Rosetta Stone software.

Never fear, my friends, just like last time, I doubt I’ll possess the self-possession to not keep writing to you during the whole event.

Tips, tricks, suggestions, and gift requests?


9 thoughts on “a vesuvial belching of syllables

  1. Tpq

    Great time to be there. One of the most beautiful places in the world. As a bonus, CBS Sports streams all the Tournament games live all over the world. Hope the Heels give us a few games to enjoy.

  2. Jif

    Don’t forget Easter with meeeeeeee! Can u maybe bring some butterscotch chips? The Germans are loving my rice krispie treats, time for some scotcheroos!

  3. Sef

    So close yet so far!
    Suggestions: detours to any of the B’s I’ll be traversing while you’re all here: Brussels, Brugges, Bratislava, Budapest, or of course the Baltics.

  4. Ted G

    We honeymooned in Positano and it was awesome. You MUST rent a car. The driving is crazy but it’s a lot of fun. Most of those towns are pretty close together, but don’t get on that tourist bus, get there yourself. If you ever saw the original Italian Job (Michael Caine is the main character, not Marky Mark) and remember the late chase part through the twisty mountain roads, that’s the place. You will be a short distance from Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi, Vietri sull’Mare, Salerno and Ravello and all of those places are pretty great too. Positano was great on its own, even if you wind up not going anywhere.

  5. kate

    Stayed at Le Sireneuse for my 40 last May… it’s an amazing place, you’ll have a ball. If you have time, try to get to Ravello, it is so charming and unspoiled. Also, if you’re into that kind of thing… there is great hiking above Positano… the Path of the Gods. Enjoy!

  6. kent

    What I remember about being in Italy (nearly 30 years ago, holy crap I’m old) is that nothing works there the way you expect it to. I went to the post office in Genova and they didn’t sell postage stamps. Those are sold in the tobacconist.
    When we were in Pisa, it was Sunday and the tobacconist is closed, which is (naturally) the only place to buy bus tickets. We found someone who spoke enough English to ask what to do about this and they said ‘just get on the bus. If someone asks tell them “there’s no place to buy tickets!”‘ No one asked. Paying to ride the bus is done on the honor system, like in Germany. But in Italy no one seems to care if you pay.
    When we arrived in Venice, we needed to call home. We went to a phone booth in the train station, and the phones only took coins that were no longer in circulation. The next day, we were wandering around lost ( which is the natural state of a tourist in Venice ) and came upon a giant plaza where young people were arranging long rows of chairs in straight lines. As we got closer to a stage they were setting up and looked at the banner, we found out what the event was: An Anarchist convention.
    But it’s lovely, and once you get in the Italian state of mind, it’s great. The Italian state of mind is to blithely step around the giant piles of FUBAR that are always in your path and make your way through life as though they don’t exist. And every evening meet up with friends, and stand in a circle on a street corner and decide where to drink some wine.

  7. CM

    Be careful what you eat. I remember an entry about how you locked yourself in a hotel room to write, and got food poisoning. I’d hate to see this trip ruined by bad [fill in Italian specialty here]!
    Write yourself a schedule of writing time so you don’t find chores to help you procrastinate, as we writers often do.
    Good luck! I can’t wait to hold your book in my hand! When it’s ready.

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