Samuel Bradin, 83, from Rockland County, N.Y., is a survivor of Aushwitz where he was as a 13-year-old, the only member of his immediate family to survive the camp. He was liberated from Bergen Belsen on Jan 17, 1945, and came to the U.S. in 1949.
Survivor Henry Flescher, 89, was born in Vienna, Austria, and initially escaped to France where he was eventually interred in Drancy deportation camp.
We tend to think of an event like the Holocaust — well, there are no events like the Holocaust — as an unfathomably alien and distant historical aberration. In fact, we are separated only by a little time and a little geography, and there are little pieces of it floating all around us.
(Via Talking Points Memo.)
Some writers need a while to charge their batteries, and then write their books very rapidly. Some writers write a page or so every day, rain or shine. Some writers run out of steam, and need to do whatever it is they happen to do until they’re ready to write again. Sometimes writers haven’t quite got the next book in a series ready in their heads, but they have something else all ready instead, so they write the thing that’s ready to go, prompting cries of outrage from people who want to know why the author could possibly write Book X while the fans were waiting for Book Y.
Sometimes it happens like that. You don’t choose what will work. You simply do the best you can each time. And you try to do what you can to increase the likelihood that good art will be created.”
Resolution: The next time I’m writing fic, if the characters therein spend an afternoon or evening in the library/doing work/reading/writing/attempting productivity of any kind, they will spend at least 75% of that time dicking around on the internet/battling recalcitrant muses/staring out the window/cursing the cursor on a blank page.
“The Recalcitrant Muses”: my new favorite band name.