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Quote wall: E.B. White

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: I must decline, for secret reasons. —E.B. White, in a reply to an invitation to join the Committee of the Arts and

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Quote wall: Colum McCann

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: Just keep your arse in the chair. Arse in the chair. Arse in the chair. —Colum McCann, Letters to a Young WriterYou have

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Quote wall: David McCullough

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: There’s an awful temptation to just keep on researching. There comes a point where you just have to stop, and start writing.

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Quote wall: Carl Sagan

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. —Carl Sagan, Cosmos (Part 11: The Persistence of Memory)I like this

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Quote wall: Nina LaCour

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: Some work on most days. —Nina LaCourWhile taking LaCour's writing course, The Slow Novel Lab, she repeated this mantra many times. Some work.

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Blowing up mountains

From the window I can see three mountains: Hood, Adams, St. Helens. They're all quite lovely at a distance. I don't know much about them. Mt. St. Helens, of course, erupted in 1980. I was two years old, so of course don't remember it. I relate it, though, to a

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Quote wall: Ali Wong

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: I mostly bombed. It's the only way to get good. —Ali Wong, Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your

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Small town

A few years back, when Squish was itty-bitty, she and Felicia built a fort together. From the outside, I could hear their conversation. Squish told Felicia about a town she'd recently visited. "What was it called?" Felicia asked her. "Small," Squish answered. "It was a town called Small?" "Yes, that's

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Quote wall: Raymond Chandler

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: Two very simple rules, a: you don’t have to write. b: you can’t do anything else. —Raymond Chandler, in a 1949

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Quote wall: Note to self

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: No one will care about this work as much as you, therefore you will have to do it yourself. (A reminder not to