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Entries for January 2014

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#2 Turn Off Your Writing Brain When You Are With Other People             I talk to myself when I’m in my writing brain. Not in a crazy way (I hope) but more in a directional way.             “Okay, Jo,” I say as I stare at the latest draft of a manuscript on my computer, “its Kristallnacht, Vienna, Austria, 1938. Seven-year-old Liana runs to her room to...

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I read the other day that people who enjoy looking at works of art often have feelings equal to that of falling in love. It’s the endorphins that radiate, those peptide hormones that make us feel high as if we have ingested opiates. This explains why I write about the Italian Renaissance and its myriad of artists, writers and scholars—Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, da Vinci, Dante—why I am infatuated by a period of time that occurred over 500 years ago, and why I am in love with t...

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