Photo by Jill Krementz
...And speaking of keyboards, as I also was in the "Blog Notes" post below...here's E.B. ("Andy") White, author of Charlotte's Web and prose stylist primus inter pares, at his.
I've been reading several books about writing recently, and this is the photograph that William Zinsser talks about in the opening pages of his book On Writing Well.
One of Jill Krementz's best, and I appreciate a lot of her work. She specializes in portraits of writers, many of which are among the best of their respective subjects. (She is the widow of a writer—Kurt Vonnegut). William Zinsser points out that the barrel in the foreground has to be one of the essential, elemental, and irreductible tools of writing on paper—namely, the wastebasket.
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Kent Phelan: "That's Eggemoggin Reach out the window. E.B. White summered annually in Brooklin, Maine. There, his son Joel White lived on the water all summer, in a Nathanael Herreshoff '12 1/2' sloop named 'Shadow.' Joel went on to MIT, became a naval architect, and founded the Brooklin Boat Yard, which his son Steve runs today. Brooklin is at the center of the Wooden Boat revival in the United States, due in large part to Joel White's contributions.
"That is a fabulous part of our country, and I can only imagine what a clearing, calming effect it would have on a writer. I am not a writer, but I occasionally fake my way around a tiller."