Writing

If it had been your exact thought you would have used my exact words.

Sep 142017
 

To write something that could not have been written any other way usually takes several drafts.

Aug 012017
 

The distinctive modern contribution to language has been the acronym.

Jul 112017
 

Most write to make themselves heard; I write to shut others up.

Jun 272017
 

Gross intolerance of unpopular opinion may do for literature what the Hays Code did for movies: one must be clever when one cannot be frank.

May 302017
 

When one hears that a public figure hates journalists, it may be true; but what will be certain is that journalists hate him.

Mar 222017
 

Sarcasm is the lowest form of esotericism.

Feb 172017
 

Writers can write nonsense without ill effect. It is when readers put up with, then expect, and finally demand it that civilization ends.

Feb 032017
 

The only hope for truly execrable prose is to call it poetry and break the lines in odd places.

Nov 112016
 

If you believe the reviewers when they call you a genius, you will believe them when they call you a fool.

Nov 092016
 

What you don’t know you can’t leave out.