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In praise of stuff

This started out as a review of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Marie Kondo, 2014) but it went a different place than I expected. I spent about half of the reading of this book thinking, what a pretentious, self-important, deluded little SHIT,…

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Responsibility to read

AS PROMISED. The other day, briefly checking Facebook first thing in the morning, I saw this article posted to one of my library groups, which exhorts librarians to read diversely, in *ahem* fairly provocative language. I read the article, found it smart and funny and also very serious and interesting,…

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Writing routine

So a friend asked about writing routines, spaces, and discipline on Facebook, and it’s something I’ve been kicking around some thoughts about for a while now anyway. I’ve been writing for a long time, with varying degrees of intentionality*, but it has only been in the last eighteen months that…

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Serendipity

I am reading Terry Tempest Williams on the train, a dozen roses lying on the seat across from me. Her new book, The Hour of Land, is a meditation on the history and majesty of our national parks, a plea for the future, but also a gift of stories: the…

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