Sharon Olds — American Poet born on November 19, 1942,

Sharon Olds is an American poet. Olds has been the recipient of many awards including the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award, and the first San Francisco Poetry Center Award in 1980 She currently teaches creative writing at New York University... (wikipedia)

So I did quit coffee and I did quit smoking. But I haven't managed that with drinking!
The decision for me was whether to have 'The Father' be a book that told a story - from the point of view of this speaker, the daughter - without, as in the earlier books, then having a section on something else and a section on something else.
At one point I took on a new job, and I just didn't have time to do anything but work.
I wish I wrote more about the world at more distance from myself.
I'm not sure that the benefit - as a writer and as a citizen - that I would get from reading at least the front page of the Times every day or every other day would outweigh the depression.