"The early days, you could change every single word [in a screenplay], and no one cared. It was like: 'That’s fine. That was terrible anyway.' But now, if the script's really good, you don't need to change very much. I realized the more fun I had, the more relaxed I was working, the better I worked… The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself."
- Bill Murray in a whimsical, eccentric, Murray-esque interview with The New York Times.
It’s a week before the biggest day of her life, and Anna Williams is multitasking. While waiting to hear back from the Ivy League colleges she’s hoping to attend, the seventeen-year-old senior at one of Manhattan’s most exclusive private schools is doing research for a paper about organic farming in the West Bank, whipping up a batch of vegan brownies, and, like an increasing number of American teenagers, teaching her dog to use an iPad.
For the last two weeks, Anna has been spending more time than usual with José de Sousa Saramago, the Portuguese water dog she named after her favorite writer. (If José Saramago bears an uncanny [...]