Greensboro, NC -- August 21, 2007

Savannah had the Sentient Bean, Greensboro has the Green Bean. And, at the end of the day, though I was nearly late to catch the bus out of town, I had to stop. My friends could tell you why—I love green beans. Not just any green beans, though. They have to be canned, or, if fresh, well cooked, preferably in a crock pot.

Reading The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas. It’s his second time through. What makes it so compelling to read again? Wellll, he’s a High School English teacher and it was assigned for summer reading. Other books for other classes for summer reading--Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger and A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines.

His favorite books—Crime and Punishment, by Dostoevsky and Walden, by Thoreau.

If he were to write a book—if it were nonfiction it’d be the history of pi—it has, he said, a metaphysical aura and a long history. If it were fiction, he’d put together a few short stories he’s been working on, look at how children repeat sins of their fathers by following in their footsteps or, in a round about way, rebelling.

What’s great about Greensboro? The outdoors, there’s great watershed trails close by.

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