I’m still thinking about Sendak.
At one point Terry Gross asked him about whether he regrets not having children and he said no because he likes to read and write. Gross said something like, “Yes, that requires a certain amount of self-absorption.”
See? This is what I meant when I wrote Sh! I’m reading.
Now, I don't think anyone is saying you cannot read and write surrounded by family, but these tasks do require some solitude.