“What kind of pencil do you use?”

A fan might want to know what pen Billy Collins scribbles with, or what paper J. K. Rowling uses, or what eraser Milton Glaser finds is best. And it might be fun to explore, as this book shows, but the reality is that such questions arise from impractical curiosity.

The mind determines mastery—the tools only amplify the expertise. The mind is responsible for creating magical work—the tools are merely ways to make it happen.

A violinist was asked if he ever worried about the safety of his violin. He said, “No. I have nothing to fear, because I am the violinist.”