…and it’s by John Dickerson.
His topmost post today is his answer to a question about a special room:
My friend’s mother has this wonderful studio on her farm. I’ve always wanted a small collection of rooms like this in which to write and read. If you could design a set of rooms like this what would you put in there? I’ll start: bookshelves, fireplace, record collection, map of the world, standing desk, guitars, bottles of ink, fountain pens, stationery, a gross of pencils, antique typewriters.
There would be a space for reading books that would be separate from the space for reading papers which would be separate from the writing spaces. There would be two writing spaces. One for handwriting letters another for work writing.
Oh and a chess set with weighted pieces, candles, a wall of pictures, huge chalk board….
That’s my incomplete list and there are many more questions to be figured out. For example: would there be a space for company, or would it be a solitary place?
My special room?
A large wooden desk with lots of drawers. A powerful mac w/ TWO large flat panel monitors. A small fridge with lots of Dr Pepper. As many bookcases as would fit. Lots of pictures of Carol and the kids. An autographed picture of John Dickerson (ideally, somehow, standing next to Jake Tapper). A portrait of Lincoln. Lots and lots of books, mostly biographies of great men–Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, both Roosevelts, Truman, Eisenhower, Grant, Churchill, Thatcher, Reagan….
A Bible. A copy of Hinds Feet on High Places.
Lots of CDs. Bach, Beethoven, Barber, Vaughan Williams, Brahms, Schubert, Mendelssohn, John Adams (the composer, and the older one of those two).
A picture window looking into the woods (I know, we’re supposed to be deciding what to put in our room, but a critical part of our room is the view outside, the world outside our paradigm).
A coffee pot. Lots of creamer. Flavored.
A stack of yellow pads and a cup-full of fine-tip ballpoint pens.
A sketchpad and lots of pencils and kneadable erasors.
And a cat…