Caroline Leavitt, KYLE SMITH, and MICHELLE GREEN
April 30, 2007 12:00 PM

In Dan Crowe’s appealing new book, writers share the talismans that get them through. For The Post-Birthday World author Lionel Shriver, it’s Clippity (above). He reminds her “to eschew fancy-schmancy character names,” Shriver writes, “and to sometimes prefer the obvious.”

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