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Nathaniel Missildine lives in Dijon, France, with his wife and two daughters. His recently published travel memoir, Save for Fireflies, chronicles a road trip across America as a kind of native tourist. For more, visit his website.
Being overseas, the traveler is often taken for a diplomat—to explain his native country’s strange ways and beliefs. For example, why do all Americans belong to cults? What does Michelle Pfeiffer eat for breakfast? And why so many guns?
Sometimes a book appears in your life and starts to pester you. The characters act like your friends. Events occur in the plot that reappear inside your home. It’s enough to drive a man to wonder which world is more real, until danger appears.
Running for president is stressful and allows little time for exercise. But a special set of yoga positions, from the Downward-Facing Spiral to a Soaring Newt, can offer just the break from routine that a candidate needs.
If distractions poison a writer’s ambitions, then surely a summer with no internet access is the antidote?