The last thing I want to be in my writing is didactic and preachy, but I do want to remind my readers that, in a way, all of life is a domino effect, that people suffer a lot and for a lot of different reasons, and that we all probably need to work on our empathy skills and on paying attention a bit more.
The hardest time to write is around two in the morning, when it might still be reasonable to turn in. Your throat starts to hurt; you’re sure you’re getting sick; your head feels like a sponge. . . . After 2:30 or so—well, there’s something that happens when it’s late enough.
from Juhi Singhal Karan and Rachel Leal
From family heirlooms to gun cabinets to chairs and even floors, a bookshelf isn’t just a container for pulp and ink, it holds a map of a reader’s journey. Here are the “Shelfies” of six of our staff writers, in their own words and photos.