Wednesday 10 September 2008

Some like it messy

Proust did it in bed. Hemingway did it standing up, naked. And James Baldwin sometimes did it in the middle of a noisy party. Most of our writers prefer to sit down, often at a very cluttered desk, with a laptop. In his book of essays, Neatness Counts (2004), Kevin Kopelson, argues that the "topography of the desk corresponds to the topography of creation." You can see that theme at work in Evie Christie's wonderful new website Desk Space, which features daily entries on the work environments of Canadian writers. The room above belongs to the "bilingual and tri-coastal" poet and critic Zach Wells.

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