Can I tell you something exciting? In exactly a month from now I will (hopefully) be waking up on my first morning back in New York!
There are a few other adventures planned that are compounding the excitement. First up is a side trip to Montreal (where some band come from), and where my friend, Pete, and I will answer the all-important question of just how much food can we eat in 6 days?
Secondly, a foray into non-fiction writing starting with a course in Greenwich Village, recommended by the lovely and talented Ally K. It's 5 weeks and I'm quietly confident that at the end of it Graydon Carter will offer me that St Barths Correspondent position for Vanity Fair that I have been coveting for the 2 weeks since deciding writing might be a fun career.
Thirdly (and most exciting of all) Pete and I are meeting Thelma Schoonmaker.
In her edit suite.
Where she is currently editing Martin Scorsese's latest film, Hugo Cabret.
An incredible editor, who has crafted every one of Scorsese's films since the most superb boxing movie ever made: Raging Bull and (according to her IMDB profile) the 32nd smartest person in Hollywood. She and Scorsese have the kind of relationship and body of work that a young editor from Sydney could only dream about.
My question is this: you have maybe 20 minutes of time in their very busy schedule, what do you talk about with your idol??
Goodfellas (1990) Such a brilliant sequence. I love how Marty and Thelma use constantly-shifting music to convey Henry's psyche. (Any of you Wire fans recognise the doctor in the hospital? No? Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiat)