I’m superstitious by nature, convinced that good things end abruptly. Though I understand that not all luck is bad, my normal response to joyful happenstance is “What’s the catch?” Fate, I believe, does not bargain in good faith.
My world view is best illustrated by the story of Samuel Njoroge, a middle-aged Kenyan who in 2005 took his first trip to the ocean. A resident of Africa’s dry plains, he had never seen so much blue, beautiful water. He stepped tentatively out into it, felt the pure joy of it lapping around his ankles, smiled broadly — and was immediately hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami and drowned.
So it is with a certain reticence that I admit, out loud, that I’m writing a weekly column for Uncorked, an online wine magazine published by Nomad Editions, which is a very interesting company indeed. (I’ve crossed paths with a couple of Nomad’s principals, including design director and certified genius Roger Black.) Started by some highly accomplished print refugees, Nomad is rolling-out lifestyle magazines at a fantastic rate. Being even a small part of something with this much potential is really, really cool.
My column is This Week in Wine, a round-up of wine-related news that is a lot like what I do here. The gig is an unreservedly good thing, a cause for celebration. So, naturally, I hesitate to bring it up because I’m convinced public acknowledgement of good things precipitates their end. Where a more mentally healthy person would find satisfaction, I now live with enormous dread, sure that the editor is going to call to explain that he made a terrible mistake.
I’d link to a sample of the column I’m writing, but it’s subscription only. (Introductory rate: 99 cents a month. Pony up, cheapskates.) That’s how they pay me my fabulous salary.
It’s a lot of fun. We’re still working out the voice of the column. So far, no jokes about Canada or rosé. But we’ll see.