Write Place, Write Time

If you look at anything long enough, say just that wall in front of you -- it will come out of that wall.
- Anton Chekhov

Jennifer Gilmore

Here is my space.  It’s also a closet, though it does have a window. I look out of the window often, and have relationships with other people who are doing the same.  I have a lot of stuff around my desk, I realize looking at this now, even though this is a time when there is little of the stacks of papers and manuscripts that usually clutter it.  Just above my desk hangs a  a drawing by my husband, which hangs, and propped against the wall is a video still by my sister and a Kaethe Kollwitz print of a woman working at a desk in the dark.  There’s a rolodex on my desk, which I hadn’t noticed—I haven’t used it since 2007.  Do people throw those out?  And I imagine this sounds grim, but my dog’s ashes are in a tin in that green bag—I haven’t decided what I want to do with them yet, and I guess a lot of things I care about are on my desk.  Above is a shelf I’ve hung too high to notice while working, and on it there are photos of my grandparents, old perfume bottles, a wooden elephant.  But I can see the whole shelf as I stand, before I turn to walk away from my work, which I do way too often…

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Jennifer Gilmore’s second novel, Something RedNew York Times Notable Book of 2010, is just out in paperback.  She is also the author of Golden Country, a 2006 New York Times Notable Book, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Jewish Book Award. She has taught writing and literature at Cornell University, Eugene Lang College at the New School and New York University.  She plans to get another dog soon.

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