Up on Craggy Pinnacle. Art by Helen Nagan.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Eccentricity

 
We know that to compose, Wagner had to wear a silk dressing gown, that Sacchini wanted cats in the room, and Schiller a drawer full of overripe apples.  Mark Twain very sensibly preferred to write in bed, and I am happy to know that William James, writing in a public hotel room 120 feet long, calls it “just about the right size for one man.”   - from a book I read
 
I wonder what eccentric behaviors and habits enabled Watt Espy to get into his groove?  the chain-smoking, the late hours, the portraits of the condemned staring at him, the drinking, the pajamas, the junk piles of papers and boxes, the rejection of organized religion, the late rising, the cockroaches.

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