I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods. For instance, there is a brownstone in the East Seventies where, during the early years of the war, I had my first New York apartment. It was one room crowded with attic furniture, a sofa and fat chairs upholstered in that itchy, particular red velvet that one associates with hot days on a train. The walls were stucco, and a color rather like tobacco-spit. Everywhere, in the bathroom too, there were prints of Roman ruins freckled brown with age. The single window looked out on a fire escape. — Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Martha Stewart published her first cookbook after she turned 40. Julia Child's first cookbook came out when she was 50. Vera Wang didn't begin her designing career until she was 40. Stan Lee created his first hit comic just short of his 39th birthday. Samuel L. Jackson didn't get his first big role until he was 43. Laura Ingalls Wilder didn't publish her first "Little House" book until she was 65.