Towards the end of my appointment with the sleep doctor, after he’d told me exactly what time I should go to bed every night and what time – exactly – I should wake, he suggested I put my iPod under my pillow, ready for the hours when I lie awake.
On the iPod, he said, should be something like ‘The History of the World.’
Goodness, I said. That’ll send me to sleep.
That’s the whole idea, he pointed out gently.
I hadn’t got around to doing that but I remembered it as a long-time writer buddy and I were exchanging emails about grammatical constructions.
I hunted around for the book on grammar that had been recommended to me when I was doing my MFA.
Who can read a grammar book right through just like that? I’d take it slowly and work my way through, reading one section each evening before bed.
I open the book at random, read the section – usually several times to make sure I understand it…if I can stay awake long enough.
The photo was taken in the bedroom of an apartment in Gaudi’s La Pedrera (Casa Milà), Barcelona.