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These Precious Days: Essays

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I wasn’t sure why I was negotiating my character’s future with my friend, but there I was, listening.

You know when people compliment an author by saying, "Oh, I would read their grocery list if they published it! Lisa warned that it was a long piece, and she warned that when you start reading, you won’t want to stop, so make sure you have enough time. Sooki is flying to Memorial Sloan Kettering in NY (she lives in LA), looking for a clinical trial or something. I was struck by an overwhelming sense of wanting to know her, of not wanting to miss Sooki while she was here.

We were standing in the kitchen in the late afternoon, the time before dinner and between two yoga sessions.

But if you love eloquence and wisdom, and listening to a voice of an author that quickly becomes a dear friend, then I give the audiobook my highest recommendation. She and Tom would walk in the desert in the early mornings and she would feed him lines from a script while he memorized his part, cobras skating through the dust just in front of them.There was no reason to offer unsolicited opinions on a subject I knew nothing about to a person who had just gotten into my car, but the thought of a frozen gel pack on my own head struck me as boundless misery. When the event was over and more pictures had been taken and everyone had said how much they’d enjoyed absolutely everything, Tom Hanks and his assistant and I found ourselves alone again, standing at the end of a long cement hallway by a stage door, saying good night and goodbye. I tried to find a place for this new fact in the equation but all I could come up with was the obvious—I didn’t know her. On the first Sunday in May, in the late afternoon, a storm kicked up, not expected but not a surprise either.

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