An Unexpected Glimpse of the Wartburg

Over the past fourteen years I have written in classrooms and waiting rooms, in coffee shops and grocery stores, in car lines and ticket lines, in the bleachers and in almost every room in my house.

The Rathskeller at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

I do have some favorite places, of course.  One of the most satisfying venues for working on Kingdom of the Birds was the Memorial Union at the University of Wisconsin.

The Rathskeller is a tribute to Wisconsin’s German heritage, and under that vaulted ceiling I could almost believe myself in the Knights’ Hall of the Wartburg Castle.  Seated at a plank table in front of a wide fireplace, I could hear the voices of Sir Georg and Captain von Berlepsch–all I had to do was transcribe the words.

The Knights’ Hall in the Wartburg Castle

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