When the Coen brothers were asked about their creative process, Joel Coen said, “We do a lot of napping.”
Maurice Sendak: “I love napping. Working and napping and reading…”
William Gibson: “Naps are essential to my process. Not dreams, but that state adjacent to sleep, the mind on waking.” (Dali liked that state, too, and the story is he used to lie down for a nap with a spoon in his hand, so that when he nodded off, he’d drop the spoon and it’d wake him up.)
Not all naps are created equal.
Me, I like the caffeine nap: Drink a cup of coffee and lie down for 15 minutes. Keep your notebook handy.
It inspired this page from The Steal Like An Artist Journal:
But my favorite nap, the one that really leaves me feeling like a million bucks, is the one described by Philip Roth:
Let me tell you about the nap. It’s absolutely fantastic. When I was a kid, my father was always trying to tell me how to be a man. And he said – I was maybe nine – he said, Philip, whenever you take a nap, take your clothes off and put a blanket over you and you’re going to sleep better. Well, as with everything, he was right. And so I now do that and I come back from the swimming pool I go to and I have my lunch and I read the paper and I take this glorious thing called a nap. And then the best part of it is that when you wake up, for the first 15 seconds you have no idea where you are. You’re just alive. That’s all you know and it’s bliss. It’s absolute bliss.
And to put you in the mood, here’s one of my favorite photos of Kurt Vonnegut, napping fully-clothed, thank goodness: