SB: It really helps me to go away. In December I spent just over two glorious weeks at the Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut. When I have time like that—uninterrupted, no obligations—I have the best chance of starting new things, the best chance to get really lost in what I’m writing. In Connecticut, I worked for seven, eight, nine hours at a stretch most days. Summers, when school’s out and Four Way is quieter, I get a lot of that same kind of work done. During the semester, I don’t start much, though I do return to whatever’s in progress. And—is this age?—I’m waking up so early. I am hopeful that these new, alert 5 AMs are going to provide that same sense of solitude. When the house is quiet and the world is calm. (That’s a line from Stevens: the same poem says, “The quiet was part of the meaning, part of the mind.”)
MS: Thanks so much, Sally!