Monday, March 17, 2014

the peripatetic pencil

Pullman Car interior (from: Virginia Tech ImageBase)

“In an interview last December, novelist Alexander Chee offhandedly said that he wished Amtrak had a residency for writers. Thanks to a Twitter storm of people dreaming that same dream, the program is now a reality. Over the weekend, Amtrak opened up the application for the #AmtrakResidency program (yes, hashtag and all). Each resident will be given a private sleeper car with a desk, bed, and window 'to watch the American countryside roll by for inspiration.' It sounds like a pretty sweet — if endlessly idyllic — way to carve out some writing time. And with Amtrak on board, we have a few more suggestions for companies that should have their own writers’ residencies.”
— Brie Hiramine, Flavorwire
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