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Stephen Petrey

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For the uninitiated, from 1982 to 2015 David Letterman played host to the Late Night with David Letterman. That’s 32 years. A long commitment to say the least. Most productions like these take the summers off, but apart from a short summer reprieve — running a continuous late-night series like Letterman took some real work. Taking stock of your labors can take many forms:

For artists, it’s their sketchbooks.

Writers, it’s their notebooks.

Readers, it’s their libraries.

For others, their Retweets? Their Github contributions?

For Letterman, it was his paper cups.

These paper monuments keep us going I suppose. Ephemeral things — a growing glory like that ivy plant in your apartment. Something to ponder.

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