Tuesday, February 5, 2019
These are the shops on Finchley Road that were severely damaged in a fire more than three years ago. They still haven't reopened, but the scaffolding has been gone from the building for several months and it looks like the upstairs renovations are proceeding. The electricity's on, and you can see a workman in one of the center windows. (This photo was taken Jan. 10, so things may be slightly farther along by now.)
I'm guessing it takes a long time to get things like insurance sorted out after a disaster like that. Still, more than three years?
Our back-garden fox (apparently) ate the deboned chicken I put out on Sunday. I also put out some slightly overripe pineapple, thinking a critter might eat that, too. But the pineapple has had no takers. I guess it doesn't really fit into the ecosystem here, does it? After all, few things are more foreign to England than a pineapple -- especially in winter.
I read a terrific book yesterday -- "Sabrina," a graphic novel by Nick Drnaso. The New Yorker recently did an article about Drnaso, prompting me to buy both his books for the library. I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels but I could not put this book down. It's about a murder and the ripple effect the crime has on people who knew the victim and, subsequently, on society as a whole, thanks to the Internet and our conspiracy-theory-prone culture. Drnaso has a very minimalist drawing style that suits his spare but emotionally involving storytelling. His earlier book, "Beverly," is also good, and almost as compulsively readable as "Sabrina." (It's slightly more problematic for our school library from a maturity point of view, containing both sex and graphic violence -- we put a "Grade 11+" sticker on it. I think any high schooler could read "Sabrina," though.)