I'm pleased and amazed that El ruido eterno, as The Rest Is Noise is known in Spain, is currently listed as the No. 1 non-fiction bestseller (castellano) by La Vanguardia. I will make a brief trip to Spain next week, appearing at the Spanish National Library in Madrid at 7 PM on Nov. 2; the International Institute in Madrid at 7 PM on Nov. 3; and Librería La Central in Barcelona at 1 PM on Nov. 4. I'm tremendously grateful to my Spanish publisher, Seix Barral, and also to the U.S. Embassy Madrid for helping to arrange this trip.
Update, 1/13: El ruido eterno has now been on the bestseller list for ten weeks.
I've launched a new blog on the New Yorker website. It's called Unquiet Thoughts, after the John Dowland part-song, and it will offer many of the features that readers have come to expect from this site: the hilarity, the profundity, the delicious recipes. Given the close relationship between my New Yorker writing and my adventures in blogging, it makes more sense to bring all of my activity under the magazine's exacting aegis. The present site will remain intact, with a focus on my books and related material. I'll continue to augment the audio resources and post fresh material from time to time. I'd like to give ardent thanks to longtime readers for their kind and close attention to this blog. The noise will never die.
Some time ago I stumbled across SeatGuru.com, and it has made me a happier traveler. It's a site that allows you to investigate the internal properties of various airplanes and locate more favorable seats. For example, with regard to the Boeing 767-200, one is told that seats 16K and 16L "have some extra legroom due to a cutout in the bulkhead," and that "many flyers enjoy the quiet and private feel of this mini-cabin," although "it can get very cold" and there is some danger of a baby situation. On my flight home from Spain, I had a lovely time in 16K, despite the cold, and felt tempted to say to my neighbor, "Don't you enjoy the quiet and private feel of this mini-cabin?" Fortunately, I stayed silent and read Anna Karenina watched Battlestar Galactica.
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a firework-enhanced encore of the "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth, at the Hollywood Bowl. On October 8 Dudamel makes his directorial debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall; KUSC-FM will provide a live broadcast. I'll write about Dudamel a little later in the season.