Parking Lot

Years ago I worked for an editor in publishing who was really the most productive person I have ever met, she couldn’t figure out how to print anything or access her email or voicemail, but she could read like ten manuscripts on the two-hour jitney ride between The Hamptons and Manhattan, and she could whip out jacket copy in five minutes, or have ten semi-famous authors read galleys and send in blurbs for a new book in only a few days.  One time we were at an editorial meeting and one of my fellow assistants leaned over and told me that she had felt guilty earlier that morning sitting on the bus just staring out the window, “your boss would never waste time like that, she would have been editing something!” It was true.  She was an expert at taking…

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