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Relaxing on a Mediterranean island called Lipari


This is a shot of the village of Lipari, on the largest island — also named Lipari — of the Aeolian Islands, which sit just northeast of Sicily. My wife took it just as we arrived on the hydrofoil ferry from Naples more than six hours earlier.

We're staying here a week, relaxing (as I write this, it is raining), reading and going out on occasion for food.

So one movie reference: Perhaps the most famous of the Aeolian chain is Stromboli, which not only has an active volcano but is the name of a 1950 movie directed by Roberto Rossellini and starring Ingrid Bergman.

And some book recommendations: My summer reading, especially when we travel internationally, is typically eclectic. My reads (grades included) so far include: "The Late Show" by Michael Connelly (C+), "The Midnight Line" by Lee Child" (B-), "Street Fight in Naples" by Peter Robb (B), "The Liars' Club" by Mary Karr (A+) and "A Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler (A).

Oh, and by the way, that bright light next to the moon there is the planet Venus.

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