"a fish, a barrel, and a smoking gun"
for 11 October 2000. Updated every WEEKDAY.

Filler 10.11.00

Q: How do you write? Describe your process.

I arise at 5:15 am sharp. Make espresso. Write four pages. Each day. Easy.

Q: Do you ever have trouble writing?

Oh, mon dieu. This writer's block, this struggle to write you Americans speak of with such conviction? I do not understand this. Explain this concept to me. You have ideas? You put them onto the page. Simple. You have deep insight into the human condition, you have an uncanny grasp of the eternal conundrum that is life on this earth? You simply record them for prosperity, yes? So easy. Yet you people make it so difficult, complicated. What is complicated?

Q: So, you write four pages a day?

But of course, four pages may not seem like much to you Americans, who are so addicted to work, hours upon hours of unfocused efforts that lead nowhere, like treading water endlessly in a small, fetid pond! So sad.

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