Sunday, July 5, 2009
"I drove my truck into the gravel driveway of her house and parked next to her red SUV." -- Super Sunday in Newport: Notes From My First Year in Town by Matt Love. Matt Love, editor of Citadel of the Spirit, spent 10 years as the caretaker of the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Tillamook County, Oregon. While living alone on 600 acres, he tended his writing skills as much as the land. Moving to the beach town of Newport in 2008 was Love's reemergence into the social order. Super Sunday is a collection of 46 essays Love wrote -- originally to read aloud -- to memorialize his transitional year. These are views of Love's new life from Newport vantage points like the south jetty, the Yaquina Bay Bridge, and a bar stool at Hoover's. I used the Broadway Books gift certificate I won from Reading Local to buy Love's book and a couple of others. This one so intrigued me so much that I started it over lunch at Chin's Kitchen before I even got home. Chin's is the kind of place that would inspire me to write my own book of musings.