Thomas Beller is the author of two books of fiction, Seduction Theory, and The Sleep-Over Artist, and a collection of personal essays, How To Be a Man. The Sleep-Over Artist was a NY Times Notable Book, and a LA Times Best Book 2000. A former staff writer at the New Yorker Magazine and the Cambodia Daily, he is currently a contributing editor at Travel and Leisure Magazine. He founded and for twenty years co-edited Open City Magazine, and created the literary website about New York, Mrbellersneighborhood.com. He divides his time between New York and New Orleans, where he teaches writing at Tulane University.
Thomas Beller is author of the books two works of fiction, Seduction Theory, The Sleep-Over Artist, and an essay collection called How to Be A Man. He was a founder and editor of Open City Magazine, and of the literary web site devoted to New York City nonfiction, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood. He contributes regularly to Travel and Leisure Magazine, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He is currently working on a biography of J.D. Salinger, a novel, and essays. He teaches at Tulane University in New Orleans.
On The Road
In New Orleans they start school early. August 23rd was the first day of kindergarten for Evangeline. I was looking forward to it. One of the many ironies of parenthood is that the start of school is a joy. Now you have a schedule! Not that the summer had been anything other than wonderful, for the most part, or that I wouldn’t miss it.
The first days were a Thursday and Friday. The first full week would commence Monday, but Sunday morning that swirling mass headed for Florida lurched in another direction, towards New Orleans. Suddenly we were making plans for a trip. Herewith, a brief guided tour of evacuating with small children.
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You might see cows, as we did, and call out to the baby, "Cows! Cows!" And if you are in the passenger seat, as I was, you might be able to turn and watch him lift his little head and raise his eyes trying to see out the window. And you might feel inclined to begin a session of family-wide mooing to help his understanding of what a cow is, and what sound it makes. Everyone but him is mooing. He will try to imitate the sound, except his comes out as a meow. Which is funny, and a triumph in its own way, because he has spent many nights attempting to meow, and keeps getting it utterly wrong. So it is a triumph to get him to meow properly even if you wanted him to moo.Photo credit: Flickr user JelleS
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