POPMART Leg 2: 1997, Europe

Jan
29
1998

Rio de Janeiro post-show. Small stories, big ideas.

Rio de Janeiro post-show. Small stories, big ideas. Willie meets writer Andre Dubus and (once again) Jesus.

Up at the crack of noon and sat by the pool with Andre Dubus. He's such an extraordinary writer. I had a collection of his years ago, and this new book "Dancing After Hours" is another short story collection. They're just devastating stories, he gets inside his character's emotions in such a vivid way. This whole collection is about relationships, men & women. Ordinary people, but after you've read a few you begin to see the patterns emerging and how the common experiences overlap. You can only read one at a time because they leave flare trails in your mind for the rest of the day.

Evening stroll with Joe, right along the sea front. Found a market selling all manner of stuff. I ended up buying an inconveniently large oil painting of the Rio carnival - a bright expressionistic number, plus a plethora of glow-in-the-dark Christ The Redeemers, fridge magnets, etc.
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