Daily Routines is just that: a chronicle of the daily routines of the great writers, artists and thinkers, straight from their pages to you. That's the singular common thread, as the gamut of routines runs from early risers to late-night boozehounds: the struggles of Capote to do so much as to get vertical during his day, Kingsley Amis' battle against the afternoon doldrums, Toni Morrison's love of the pre-dawn.
You may have heard about Daily Routines from all the praise it's been getting online lately, including from influential TypePad blogs like the Times and Andrew Sullivan (and MT-powered perennnial fave BoingBoing).
A favorite exchange of mine is a quote from an interview with Arthur Miller.
Do you have a routine for writing?
I wish I had a routine for writing. I get up in the morning and I go out to my studio and I write. And then I tear it up! That's the routine, really. Then, occasionally, something sticks. And then I follow that. The only image I can think of is a man walking around with an iron rod in his hand during a lightning storm.
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