I don’t do this often, because I have a tendency to be too easily influenced. I read Tolstoy and whatever I write the next day has the flavor of War & Peace. But I copied this line from Jessica Mitford’s book Hons and Rebels, and made a note to myself to try and make observations as wonderful as this in my book:

“Debo spent silent hours in the chicken house learning to do an exact imitation of the look of pained concentration that comes over a hen’s face when it is laying an egg.”

This is a building on Bleecker Street. Halloween! As fun as Christmas.

Skeletons Hanging in Window on Bleecker Street

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “Inspiration

  1. Actually, I’m more familiar with Nancy and then books about the family. Have you read Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate? I loved those.

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