I haven’t read all of Jon’s books. There’s one about technology that I don’t know I’ll ever get to. But I’ve read most of his mysteries. This one, Death Row, popped up in an Amazon email last week. I got it yesterday, just in time for our trip to Montclair, New Jersey, where the inspiration for Jon’s suburban detective novels came from. I like reading these mysteries because they give me a peek into Jon’s life before I knew him. And, of course, because they’re a good read.
So we’re off to Montclair, where Jon is giving a TED Talk on Creative Aging. I’m a fan of TED Talks, so when Jon got invited to do one, I was very excited for him. One of the nice things about when Jon gives a talk is that he’s never nervous about it, so for me it’s just enjoyable.
Jon doesn’t rehearse, but for weeks before a book tour or any talk he’s giving, he tries out ideas in casual conversation. So even though I don’t know exactly what Jon will say in his Ted Talk, I’ll be hearing the things we’ve been talking about come out in a cohesive, comprehensive and engaging way. And it’s always interesting to me to see just how he does it. Even on his book tours, when I hear the same talk again and again, it’s always interesting, because it’s actually never the same. Jon’s mind is never dull and I get a kick out of trying to figure it out and how he moves from one idea to another.
So here we go, off to New Jersey and the TED Talk. I’m leaving my computer home and seeing the trip as a bit of a get-away. We’ll be back on Sunday, so see you then.