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The Real Studio


 

Joyce Carol Oates says that “In public, we become public figures. But in private, we ‘become’ the individuals we are.” And for a writer, no place is more private than where we write, even if it's in a crowd of people. Here’s Oates as Renée Heineche portrays her…

 

 



 

I’ve written on kitchen tables, in closets and at coffee shops. Today I write in a room upstairs, with lots of window. This is the room our small house grew up around. It's full of books and the work of family artists. I love this new little chest...

 

 
 


 

And the painting over my desk…

 
 


 

 

And how one window looks onto three tall sugar pines, home to a crazed squirrel who loves to rumba. Sometimes that squirrel leaps his way onto the ponderosa visible from the other window, the one that hangs over the canyon.

 

 

 



My old wolf dog likes to sleep beneath this tree. He’s fond of watching the canyon. All that earth carved from lava rock and split by distant creek, filled with forest and caves and topped by—experts warn—still active volcanoes. I’m fond of watching it, too.

 

 

Out there beyond the glass is my real studio.


 

 



                                                                                                                                                            --Zu
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