The view from Orhan Pamuk’s window

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The New York Times had an interesting feature in Sunday’s “Week in Review” where they asked Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk to describe the view from his window. One sentence stood out in particular:

When my mind is busy with words, all by itself my eye moves away from the page and the tip of the fountain pen.

Also, isn’t this a great way to describe the interaction of a writer with his or her physical surroundings?

But I know some part of me is always busy with some part of the landscape, following the movements of the seagulls, trees and shadows, spotting boats and checking to see that the world is always there, always interesting and always a challenge to write about: an assurance that a writer needs to continue to write and a reader needs to continue to read.

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