I usually write in my kitchen, which is a large, octagonal room that looks into woods - three big windows look out into the trees.
Do you remember when you were 10 or 11 years old and you really thought your folks were the best? They were completely omniscient and you took their word for everything. And then you got older and you went through this hideous age when suddenly they were the devil, they were bullies, and they didn't know anything.
Game shows are designed to make us feel better about the random, useless facts that are all we have left of our education.
Portland in particular is a cheap enough place to live that you can still develop your passion - painting, writing, music. People seem less status-conscious. Even wealthy people buy second-hand clothes and look a little bit homeless.
Mary Todd Lincoln