Author’s wish for Amtrak to offer ‘writer’s residencies’ becomes a real thing

Lumbering across the countryside in your cozy sleeper cabin, the endless fields, pastures, and forests whizzing by your window: a long train ride can be a relaxing place, and relaxing places are conducive to writing. So conducive, in fact, that author Alexander Chee likes trains best for putting pen to paper. “I still like a train best for this kind of thing. I wish Amtrak had residencies for writers,” he said during a recent interview with literature advocacy group Pen. Writer Jessica Gross picked up the cause on Twitter, which eventually led to a response from Amtrak:

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