More lovely times at Irvings. I think Word Party is going to have to become part of regular life. I spent three hours at Irvings with some fascinating people. We talked about our writing processes, read some Annie Dillard and a play called "Arcadia" and Elizabeth Bishop and what makes us scared to write.
My favorite moment was when Alan read from "Candide" by Voltaire. "I know I am supposed to bring a favorite book. So I brought Candide. Except I haven't read it yet. I thought we could start on the first page together."