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Cheryl Mendelson

Cheryl Mendelson is a novelist and non-fiction writer. She is the author of Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House (1999), and a trilogy of novels, Morningside Heights (2003), Love, Work, Children (2005), and Anything for Jane (2007). In 2019, Home Comforts was ranked by Slate as one of the 50 best nonfiction books of the past 25 years.

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Many books have mattered enormously to my life and work. 'David Copperfield' by Charles Dickens would be one of several contenders for 'most influential.' I first read it at 13 and have reread it dozens of times since.
I listen to lots of music, especially Bach, opera (all periods), German lieder, chamber music, and rock, old and new. I can't listen to music while I write. It's too absorbing.
I published only in academic journals in philosophy until I was in my 40s, but I had been writing fiction and poetry my whole adult life - without ever once trying to publish it, and rarely letting anyone read it.
I myself love getting cookbooks and novels that some congenial person has already tried and liked. — © Cheryl Mendelson
I myself love getting cookbooks and novels that some congenial person has already tried and liked.
I am a working woman with a secret life: I keep house.
Yet housekeeping actually offers more opportunities for savoring achievement than almost any other work I can think of. Each of its regular routines brings satisfaction when it is completed. These routines echo the rhythm of life, and the housekeeping rhythm is the rhythm of the body. You get satisfaction not only from the sense of order, cleanliness, freshness, peace and plenty restored, but from the knowledge that you yourself and those you care about are going to enjoy these benefits.
We have, instead (of soot and dirt), disorganization. We have this proliferation of goods. It's the disease of the time.
What really does work to increase the feeling of having a home and its comforts is housekeeping. Housekeeping creates cleanliness, order, regularity, beauty, the conditions for health and safety, and a good place to do and feel all the things you wish and need to do and feel in your home. Whether you live alone or with a spouse, parents, and ten children, it is your housekeeping that makes your home alive, that turns it into a small society in its own right, a vital place with its own ways and rhythms, the place where you can be more yourself than you can be anywhere else.
So many people imagine housekeeping to be boring, frustrating, repetitive, unintelligent drudgery. I cannot agree. In fact, having kept house, practiced law, taught, and done many other sorts of work, low and high-paid, I can assure you that it is actually lawyers who are most familiar with the experience of unintelligent drudgery.
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