Woods

by Patrick Appel

Ta-Nehisi is out in the woods working on a writing project:

There's a great jazz pianist up here with whom I have shared meals and talked often. The first day we met he informed me that the essence of our work was learning to get out of our own fucking way. I am learning that out here--how to get out of my own fucking way--and really listen to what I care about, what I truly ache to say. I do not ache to edit, in real-time, the collected speeches of Barack Obama.

Part one here.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.