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On Writing and Taxi Driving


From The Guardian online: “In an interview with French paper La Croix, [Nobel judge Horace] Engdahl said that the ‘professionalization’ of the job of the writer, via grants and financial support, was having a negative effect of literature.  ‘Even though I understand the temptation, I think it cuts writers off from society, and creates and …

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On Castles


I think every kid must have some sort of fantasy about castles.  About living in one, about fighting for one, perhaps even about being held prisoner in one.  Any kid who has ever seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang must have the castle of Neuschwanstein imprinted upon her imagination: I had the great good fortune to grow …

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On Living the Fantasy Life in North Cornwall


I spent this Memorial Day weekend with my wonderful friend Becky and her husband John, relaxing at Meadow Brook Farm in Boothbay Harbor. Doing nothing. That was the most delicious thing about the weekend.  When, on Friday night, John asked what I’d like to do, I had to protest:  they were letting me veg out …

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On Traveling Solo


Last spring, when I was driving across all of Atlantic Canada in a single day on my way to see the Oysterband in Sydney, Nova Scotia, I stopped at a gas station on Cape Breton Island to check my tire pressure and fill up the tank.  The station was one of those pay-at-the-pump kinds, but …

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