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This is not pie-in-the-sky utopianism. Freed of old rules, the Squamish have come up with something new. In this era of society seeking to battle climate change, the rebuilding of Senakw for the next century is one answer. Such big things are being planned on this one small piece of land because so little development is allowed in the adjacent neighbourhoods.
Too much of the pent-up housing demand of a fast-growing region, with thousands of new residents arriving each year, is being funnelled into too few places.
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Thank you for your patience. And his wife is trying to convince him that his life is not over. Was writing partly a way to figure out your identity? Yes, I think so. For me, particularly at that time, writing was the way I sorted through a lot of crosscurrents in my life — race, class, family. And I genuinely believe that it was part of the way in which I was able to integrate all these pieces of myself into something relatively whole.
People now remark on this notion of me being very cool, or composed. And I trace a lot of that back to that process of writing. Has that continued to be so in the presidency? But you keep some form of a journal? How has the speechwriting and being at the center of history and dealing with crises affected you as a writer? Some of the craft of writing a good speech is identical to any other good writing: Is that word necessary? Is it the right word? Is there a rhythm to it that feels good?
How does it sound aloud? But this is part of why it was important to pick up the occasional novel during the presidency, because most of my reading every day was briefing books and memos and proposals. And so working that very analytical side of the brain all the time sometimes meant you lost track of not just the poetry of fiction, but also the depth of fiction. Fiction was useful as a reminder of the truths under the surface of what we argue about every day and was a way of seeing and hearing the voices, the multitudes of this country.
Are there examples of specific novels or writers? Fiction can leap —. It bridges them.
I struck up a friendship with [the novelist] Marilynne Robinson, who has become a good friend. And I loved her writing in part because I saw those people every day. And the interior life she was describing that connected them — the people I was shaking hands with and making speeches to — it connected them with my grandparents, who were from Kansas and ended up journeying all the way to Hawaii, but whose foundation had been set in a very similar setting. It exercises those muscles, and I think that has been helpful. What are some of those books? Oh, Liu Cixin , who won the Hugo Award.
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The scope of it was immense. So that was fun to read, partly because my day-to-day problems with Congress seem fairly petty — not something to worry about. Aliens are about to invade. There were books that would blend, I think, really good writing with thriller genres. Yeah, and it was really well executed. I like those structures where you actually see different points of view.
Have there been certain books that have been touchstones for you in these eight years? I would say Shakespeare continues to be a touchstone. And that, I think, is foundational for me in understanding how certain patterns repeat themselves and play themselves out between human beings. Is that sort of comforting? It gives me a sense of perspective.
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Naipaul, for example. And yet, there are times where it feels as if that may be true. And perspective is exactly what is wanted. Is there some poem or any writing or author that you would turn to, say, after the mass killings in Newtown, Conn. During very difficult moments, this job can be very isolating. So sometimes you have to hop across history to find folks who have been similarly feeling isolated.
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