A couple weeks ago I went to Richmond and stayed (as always) with Nelly Kate in her new apartment, which feels like the perfect place to get work done. I’ve been agonizing over the Bitter Southerner story and it felt good to talk to someone with fresh ears. Nelly and I work well together because we work quietly and separately. When we are done we celebrate with shared meals and drinks. Her spaces always feel like they were made just to get it done. When you are a freelancer you live to work, so it makes sense not to have too many comforts and distractions. I feel like I should work harder on making both my studio and my home more practical and pragmatic spaces. The biggest compromise I made with Hank when we moved in together was the television. It just sucks the life out of me.
Of course, Nelly doesn’t have a television. She has an amazing record collection. But you can listen and write more easily than you can write and watch. Atleast, that’s how I feel about it. There is also the matter of natural lighting and sufficient temperatures… not to mention snacks and coffee. I can’t work in my studio for half of the year because it’s so cold. I love the space, but it is a drafty old building that is only great to work in during the hottest months of the year. Though I do admit that it’s always good for parties.
I was in Richmond to get an interview and to go to the Museum of the Confederacy. Sunday morning I interviewed this man named Barry Isenhour, a member of the Virginia Flaggers, a group of “concerned citizens” who fight for the preservation of all that is Good and Southern. They do this by way of standing outside of buildings with giant collections of Confederate Battle flags. We covered many topics and butted heads more than a few times. I'm looking forward to adding his "insight" (and my insight into his insight) into the essay.