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In a Coffee Shop in Venice, Surrounded by Muttering Derelicts

Rob Long in the L. A. Times, discussing the impending strike by the Writer’s Guild of America: 

As a professional writer, I’ve always been pretty good at not writing. Not writing, in fact, is one of my chief skills. I can not write anywhere — on a plane, in a coffee shop, in my office — and I often feel that a day spent without not writing is a day wasted. I even keep a notebook by the side of the bed, in case I wake up with an idea at 3 in the morning and don’t want to write it down in case I don’t forget it.So, obviously, the prospect of a writers strike puts me in a curious position.

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