First, I apologize for the mess of my office. The rest of my house is quite tidy. Only this attic where I work is a place of chaos.

There are two small plastic yellow tables to my left, under the many- paned windows. On them, among many things are:

The American Heritage Dictionary, The New American Desk Encyclopedia, Children’s Writer’s Word Book, The Synonym Finder

These four remain at hand always. What books do you keep by you?

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