Questions 2, 3, and 4 all involve James Larkin, the slightly Byronic, mood disordered, second love interest of Naomi, inMemoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac.
Like you—and perhaps you are the same person or perhaps you are three different people—I think about James from time to time. Every now and again, a character is a little too alive, and it is hard to remember that you didn’t know him for real. I once wrote him into a different book that I didn’t end up finishing. But I can tell you this: he is in film school at Columbia and he is all right.
He still gets depressed every now and again, but now that he is older, he is better able to deal with his moods. He thinks about Naomi occasionally, but never tries to contact her. The Christmas before senior year of college, he runs into her at the airport. She is on her way home from school; he is on his way to California to see his dad. His flight is delayed so they go into one of those terrible airport restaurants: a TGI Fridays, that type of place. They talk for about an hour—he’s getting really into cinematography; she’s pretty sure she’s going into the family business, writing. When theypart, it is with promises that they’ll keep in touch, but they don’t
When she gets home, Naomi tells her dad that she ran into James Larkin of all people.
“How’s he doing?” Grant asks.
She considers the question. Even though she has had quite a few boyfriends since James, she still worries about him. How do you stop worrying about someone you used to love? “He seemed all right,” she says.
A couple of months later, Naomi Googles him and ends up on his Tumblr. Yeah, James is totally on Tumblr, but not on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest. He’s got reasons he doesn’t like all those other social networks, and who knows how long he’ll even stay on Tumblr, right? James’s Tumblr involves screen captures of movie kisses. He’s still romantic, she thinks.
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