In which E explains where she’s been lately.
Says William Faulkner:
At one time I thought the most important thing was talent. I think now that — the young man or the young woman must possess or teach himself, train himself, in infinite patience, which is to try and to try and to try until it comes right. He must train himself in ruthless intolerance. That is, to throw away anything that is false no matter how much he might love that page or that paragraph. The most important thing is insight, that is … curiosity to wonder, to mull, and to muse why it is that man does what he does. And if you have that, then I don’t think the talent makes much difference, whether you’ve got that or not.
I agree. To add some context, here’s a screenshot of my laptop from an hour ago:
Nora Ephron’s go-to game while waiting for her table at a restaurant.
We recently did a writing exercise that inspired us to start a new series for The Tonic. Give it a go and check in for more exercises to help you stay in top form.
I would not insult you, dear readers, by suggesting you read Henry Miller. I will assume that you have all read Miller’s collected works to various lovers throughout your life. Here are options for the next phase.
This week’s lynx round-up includes the lyrical voices of David Bowie and Father John Misty, Scientology, and the value of long-distance train journeys. Oh, and Oscar Wilde.
In which we discuss the Muppets, Gertrude Stein, and the need for a bathtub with lavender salts in a room of one’s own.