Writing

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

Jun 072018
 

The first rung on the ladder of literacy is pedantry, or as we now say, fact-checking.

Jun 052018
 

More and more authors have begun to stress the importance of being kind and generous in one’s writing. If this catches on I’m sunk.

Jun 042018
 

Writers are sometimes described as dissipating their books in talk, as though speaking your thoughts bars you from writing them down.

May 112018
 

Essay, n.   An aphorism that hasn’t quite coalesced.

May 072018
 

We are exhorted to show regard for future generations, in books that they will have to sort through and throw away.

Apr 302018
 

Grisham’s Law: Bad books drive out good.

Apr 242018
 

The makers of history know too little of how it will turn out, and the writers know too much.

Apr 202018
 

We would have far fewer and far better books if they could only be published posthumously.

Apr 112018
 

Always speak Truth to Power, once you’re sure Power isn’t going to option your novel.

Mar 072018
 

Prose should rarely be poetic, and poetry never.