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The Guardian periodically takes readers inside Writers’ rooms with pieces contributed by renowned authors about the spaces in which they write. From this series one may learn, among other things, that both Edna O’Brien (b. 1932) and John Richardson (b. 1924) appear to have said no, thank you to the Information Age decades ago and retreated into private universes. O’Brien’s disinterest in computers seems to verge on contempt. She writes, “I do not understand how people can arrive at even a flicker of creativity by means of a computer.” Take that, blogosphere. She then segues directly into explaining how she often buys new copies of books she already owns but cannot find (up to five editions of one title); this is apparently a charming alternative to getting organized. Richardson’s workspace features a Rauschenberg--“a present from him when I first moved in”--as well as “the only copy of a photograph of Andy Warhol's graduation ceremony.” His piece closes simply: “I love my loft; there's so much space. It is becoming my whole world.” Mr. Richardson will leave his loft long enough to appear at the Central Library’s Montgomery Auditorium on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. Click here for ticket info.


  • Laura in Philadelphia, Wed 10/10/2007 5:06 PM:
    "Eschew" is a wonderful word we should see in blogs more!
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