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"You can rap nonstop."

"I have not worked very much with a computer, but I can imagine using a Macintosh, where the keyboard can be put on my lap, closing my eyes and just typing away. The computer automatically returns the carriage The device is called "wraparound." You can rap nonstop. You don't have to worry about the typewriter ringing a little bell at the end of the line."

Natalie Goldberg, 1986

I've been re-reading some books I hated when I was younger. Eventually, I'll start re-reading books I loved. Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones is one of the former, but I don't hate it today. It's earnest and flaky and full of bad metaphors, but it's still a whole lot better than The Artist's Way At least, it's shorter and hasn't yet tried to convince me to spend more money in order to convince the universe to send money. I'm already sick of hearing about Katagiri Roshi.

What I resisted so violently when I first read Writing Down the Bones was not the idea that writing should be a meditative practice or that writing should be sloppy and personal, but that writing should be bodily; I was incredibly uncomfortable in my skin as a teenager and absolutely resented the intrusion of anything resembling gym class on my precious life of the mind.

I'm still uncomfortable in my skin, but I no longer mind it so much when other people aren't as uncomfortable in theirs.

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