In which I celebrate the enduring power of the pencil: Because pencils are so straightforward, they’ve long been associated in my mind with the kind of focus that likes to elude me when I am working onscreen. When I need to revise a piece, I still like to print out the current draft and read… Continue reading »
Happy Mardi Gras, friends! Wherever you are, I hope the good times are rolling wherever you are. It’s a slow roll around here this year. My COVID luck finally ran out. The virus found me at last. Yesterday I felt like I’d been kicked in the head; today my battery’s at about 5 percent, and… Continue reading »
[Hi, readers! As of this month, I’m posting the full text of my newsletters here as well as on Substack. It’s free, and it’s the best way to keep up with me, with posts sent right to your inbox. Sign up now.] Welcome to mid-January, that time of year when fresh resolutions begin to buckle… Continue reading »
For my last newsletter of 2022, I wrote about why I’m focusing on routines rather than resolutions, and how I’ll always be looking for the perfect notebook. Wishing you and yours a safe, focused, and happy New Year!
Am I leaving Twitter? Not yet. But I’m exploring other places to hang out online. “Musk’s takeover hasn’t driven me off the platform yet. But it has made me think harder about how I use it, and why—questions I’m carrying with me as I line up some possible alternatives. So many alternatives, so little time,… Continue reading »