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When I had children, the kind of introspection a writer needs
to work was just about 100% blown out. My identity up to then had
always been as a woman who earned her living by thinking and writing.
It was challenging for me to find a way of joining up the earth
shattering love I felt for my children and the need to be alone,
think, read, have some financial independence. It is very important
to me that women spin their ideas and thinking into the world and
this takes time, solitude and a certain kind of courage.
You alternate when you're doing any creative project,
you're like, "I'm a genius, I'm an idiot, I'm a
genius, I'm an idiot." And during the height of your
manic "I'm a genius" phase, you're like, "This book's
going to sell fifty million copies! I need to put it
in a safety deposit box so it's not stolen!" And it's
those moments that keep you going through the moments
where you're like, "This is absolute shit. I'm a loser
idiot working in Jamie's father's office in a business
building in Iowa. I'm 27 years old, collecting
Iíve got the usual collection of writerly type books that I keep at hand. Iíve got the OED behind me. Itís the whole lower shelf of the bookcase behind me. Itís the 1974 edition, not the two-volume thing but the multi-volume thing. Sometimes, I pick it up and cuddle it.
10:00 PM: Word around the shop is that a ten-year-old in Oregon finished his own comic at 3:00 PM. It's called "Godzilla Is My Worst Enemy." We are not to be trumped by a ten-year-old; we soldier on.
Karin L. Kross
As often happens when an author produces an iconic piece of literature, Saint-Ex has been overwhelmingly identified with his blockbuster, to the detriment of the many other fine books and essays he also produced. With the recent discovery of the P38 aircraft he was flying when he disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea in 1944, it seems appropriate to consider a few of his other significant literary contributions, and hopefully gain a more complete measure of the man who wrote them.