Julia Guez Recommends...

“I listen to Bach’s Goldberg Variations when I am making something new. I listen to his toccatas when I am revising and refining. (The recordings by pianist Glenn Gould have always helped me keep my energy and attention steady.) If there’s a momentary slowdown, a glass of water and the chance to do something with my hands can be a valuable distraction. That may mean folding a load of laundry or washing a few of the dishes in the sink. If the slowdown is pointing me toward a broader question or complexity, something I will need new eyes to find my way around, I usually need a meditation, exercise, and, if need be, a long hot shower before I can sit back down and pick up where I left off.”
—Julia Guez, author of In an Invisible Glass Case Which Is Also a Frame (Four Way Books, 2019)