‘…Reflecting on the ritualization of creativity, Bukowski famously scoffed that “air and light and time and space have nothing to do with.” Samuel Johnson similarly contended that “a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.” And yet some of history’s most successful and prolific writers were women and men of religious daily routines and odd creative rituals. (Even Buk himself ended up sticking to a peculiar daily routine.)…’
Seeing Through the Otherness of Others
Will you admire repulsive persons in the future?
“Maria Popova: This particular book explores the rather common experience of seeing someone as both frightening and repulsive until we get to know them — one manifestation of our broader, fundamental fear of the unfamiliar. Did you have such an experience yourself, either with a teacher or with another figure in your life, that inspired the book?
Peter Brown: When I was a kid I had several grumpy adults in my life. There were the old neighbors who would actually yell at me to get off their lawn. There was the mysterious family of five who all seemed to be mean and miserable, even the kids. And yes, I did have a few grumpy teachers, too. I was confused and concerned by all of those people, but the grumpy teachers were especially distressing because I had to be in close quarters with them for a whole school year.”…’
Fiction Books that Prophesy
Dale Brown prophesied this in his 1993 book Chains of Command:
Ukrainian Prime Minister Says Government Will Seek NATO Membership
British and American Spellings
Even bestselling Margaret Truman had a problem with American and British spelling of ‘theatre’ (for her book Murder at Ford’s Theatre). Her editor Sam Vaughan favored ‘theatre’ over ‘theater’ so she agreed.
A review by James E. Carroll:
“…I don’t doubt that Truman strolled the cafes and galleries of Dupont Circle sipping latte at Kramerbooks & Afterwoods researching the details about historic Ford’s Theatre that she got correct right down to the spelling (of ‘theatre’).”