The New Yorker put together a terrific little video profile of author Richard Flanagan (born 1961) and his idyllic writing retreat located on a secluded island near Tasmania. Sky Dylan-Robbins writes: “If you arrive on the island of Tasmania, off the Australian mainland, drive about an hour from its capital, Hobart, to Kettering, and then ferry across a narrow bay, you will arrive at the small, green, and very lush island of Bruny. It’s home to just a few hundred people. Richard Flanagan, the novelist, spends much of his time there, writing in his ‘shack.’ The Internet connection is appalling, but Flanagan likes it that way. He takes breaks on the water, often in a kayak. When he spends long stretches of time there, Flanagan’s wife and daughters, with whom he lives in Hobart, sometimes visit.” You can watch it in full above, and read more at NewYorker.com.