This past week, I read Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief for the first time and I was impressed. Her writing is so evocative and yet so spare and simple in the very best way. And her tone is so unlike the smug tone prevalent in many non-fiction pieces in The New Yorker. She makes writing non-fiction look easy — the kind of easy that is, of course, actually very difficult. Still, I’ve been inspired to return to an old non-fiction project about the unusually high number of centenarians here in Lunenburg County, where I live. And so I have a request: if you know of an interesting book, fiction or non-fiction, on the subject of centenarians or on ageing in general, please drop me a line at stephka at maudnewton.com.