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A shed in which to write, and live

Late last year, my wife and I were talking about writers and their sheds. Writers have a long history of writing in sheds, or little gazebos or cabins—give them a small room and tuck it in the backyard, or in the woods, and they're usually pretty content. (Here are

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Quote wall: Ben Gibbard

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 that saying: You spend your 20s thinking everybody’s talking about you, you spend your 30s wondering why nobody’s talking

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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: A first line should open up your rib cage. It should reach in and twist your heart backward. It should suggest that the

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Winter at Hill House

This week, as I enjoyed a little time off, it snowed for the first time this season. The hill we live atop is steep, generally too steep when icy for even a Jeep to navigate safely, so when it snows, we stay home. (Easier this year, since "stay home" has

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The glass station

I'm having a curious reading experience: This week I began Emily St. John Mandel's The Glass Hotel, which tells the story of a financial con artist and the people in orbit around him. At the same time, I began watching HBO's Station Eleven, which is an adaptation of Mandel's previous,

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Quote wall: M. Night Shyamalan

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: Failure is very cleansing, and success is very confusing. —M. Night Shyamalan, in VultureI did not expect to find such a clarifying thought

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Favorite reads, 2021 edition

Since 2015, I've been tracking my reading habits on this web site. Each year about this time, I look over everything I've read and select five-ish standouts. It's not easy selecting just five books when you read, you know, more than five books. In 2021, I read 117 books or

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Quote wall: Kazuo Ishiguro

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 feeling that someone or other disapproved of me, and was only just managing to conceal it. Curiously, these moments tended to occur

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Quote wall: Brian Eno

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 know that things come from nothing very much, start from unpromising beginnings, and I'm an unpromising beginning, and I could start something.

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Quote wall: Ted Lasso

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: Be curious, not judgmental. —Misattributed to Walt Whitman, by way of Ted LassoIf you haven't watched Ted Lasso yet, find the time to