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June 14, 2008

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Open That Drafty Window

Writing advice from Alan Furst:

“I try to observe the 42-degree rule,” Mr. Furst said, explaining the cutoff temperature for working in the studio. “I’ve got radiators and an L. L. Bean vest I wear. I think that was the secret of the Romantic poets: they wrote cold.”

Awesome.

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Posted June 14, 2008 at 4:08 | Comments (1) | Permasnark
File under: Books, Writing & Such, Briefly Noted

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Hemingway used to talk about how clarifying it was to write when hungry, i.e., nearly starving:

You got very hungry when you did not eat enough in Paris because all the bakery shops had such good things in the windows and people ate outside at tables on the sidewalk so that you saw and smelled the food. When you had given up journalism and were writing nothing that anyone in America would buy, explaining at home that you were lunching out with someone, the best place to go was the Luxembourg gardens where you saw and smelled nothing to eat all the way from the Place de l'Observatoire to the rue de Vaugirard. There you could always go into the Luxembourg museum and all the paintings were sharpened and clearer and more beautiful if you were belly-empty, hollow-hungry. I learned to understand Cezanne much better and to see truly how he made landscapes when I was hungry. I used to wonder if he were hungry too when he painted; but I thought possibly it was only that he had forgotten to eat. It was one of those unsound but illuminating thoughts you have when you have been sleepless or hungry.

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