1. The documentary Grey Gardens showcases some of my deep-seated fears (being old and poor, becoming dependent on someone else, turning into a crazy cat lady), so I had some reservations about watching the HBO film about the same characters, but it was very good. I recommend it, if only to better understand how crazy cat ladies get that way.

2. An interview with Cormac McCarthy in the Wall Street Journal reveals that he drinks what I drink, when I want gin (which is often): Bombay Gibson, up. And that he writes the way I do, when I don’t have a deadline:
“I get up and have a cup of coffee and wander around and read a little bit, sit down and type a few words and look out the window.”

3. And finally, here’s a map of Holme’s London, with notes about what adventure happened in each mapped point. It’s very thorough.