…and, in other news, the Alameda Free Library has become on of my favorite places to work in the entire county. It’s quiet, and there is plenty of seating with lots of plugs for laptop users. Also, it’s really great to work surrounded by other people who are writing or reading or some combination of the two. I’ve seen this man there a couple of times, reading and taking notes from various books on what seem to be history-related topics. Some day I’ll ask him what he’s up to–whether he’s a professor or a graduate student, or simply a committed independent scholar. For the time being, though, I’ll just watch and wonder and–even better–pay attention to my own work.