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Why are these people behaving so badly, so weirdly, if not coerced by “fate”? The accidental-pregnancy chapter I took so much trouble in adding to the Assistant has now been deleted. The stock market faints in fear whenever petroleum price-per-barrel twitches.December 31, 2015 The accidental-pregnancy scene in “Assistant” improves, via indirection, and via removal of late-added rank schmaltz. (Been lying around for a year or two.) Limbed the thriving mulberry that has started shading out the solar panels. Firecrackers and sparklers and rockets are this village’s favorite thing. – But at least I went down and, via lever-and-fulcrum, lifted the sections of trunk and rolled them on forest floor, So keeping them from turning to punk too fast. On the radio is news-story of a certain village in Germany: it has always loved its Neu-Jahr fireworks.My response to this (oddly emotional) news, here in a faraway foothill solitary house where I can be no material help to anybody: I find myself setting aside a plastic produce bag – on the drainboard for rinsing/drying/reuse, rather than throwing it in trash. First time for everything.) * * * * January 3, 2016 Sunday morning.