Au revoir, Canada!

After almost a decade in Canada, it’s time for us to move, and we’re now headed to California.  I’m taking a blogging break, and will resume once I get my head around the fact that I no longer own any winter coats.

In other news, I recently read Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel The Lowland,  and will post a detailed review shortly, but meanwhile here’s a two word summary. Competence porn. And just in case you live outside the bubble where everyone has read the excerpt in the New Yorker:

[Update: Much as I’d like to take credit, I didn’t coin the term competence porn. Think it first appeared back in 2009, here:]

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16 responses to “Au revoir, Canada!

  1. Good luck with the move- and welcome to the US ;)

    Many thanks for my vocab lesson of the day: competence porn LOL

  2. California is the best place on earth. It’ll be great :)

  3. Ooh, I read read the New Yorker piece, but didn’t realize it was an excerpt of a new novel! That kind of makes sense though, it seems like it would be better as a novel. I’m curious what you mean by competence porn.

    • Competence porn is about the pleasure you get from watching experts do something they are extremely good at. Like Sherlock Holmes on a case, or a surgeon performing complex surgery. In in this case, it’s Lahiri writing about the complicated inner lives of Bengali immigrants in New England :)

  4. LOVE the concept of “competence porn.” All the best to you and your move. How very exciting.

  5. Good luck. all the best.

  6. Good luck with your move to California, I hope that it’s all that you could wish for. We hope to be moving soon too, when we get our house sold – but nowhere exciting, just another patch of Scotland, closer to the west.

  7. Looking forward to reading about your new “California” outlook after you get settled.

  8. I know if I move to a warmer place, I’ll miss my winter jackets the most. At least, California is a fun place too!