An interesting take on literary inspiration: author Gary Shteyngart talks about his method of walking around New York City, eating, drinking, and thinking of new novels in the process.
He explains: “This is where the ideas come together for what will eventually be books, especially if I’m writing a New York book. I wander these streets — my mind attuned to the idea, “Must feed … must feed … must feed” — but the wandering is really an excuse to look at the city and to reacquaint myself, consider how things are changing.”
Here’s the link to the full article.
What Mr. Shteyngart doesn’t mention in the article, is that he only recently learned how to tie a tie (courtesy of one of his students, who assisted with the tie-tying).