Writing

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

Jul 252016
 

Poetry translations ought to have their credits reversed — poems by [translator], after [original poet].

Jul 122016
 

The adverb confesses the verb’s failure.

Jun 232016
 

Your most reliable and attentive readers are the people who hate you.

May 062016
 

Write what you know that’s not yourself.

Apr 072016
 

If all writing were scrupulously edited for spelling and grammar, it would be just about as bad.

Mar 242016
 

A great part of writing is the audacity to say “men are” when you mean “I am.”

Mar 072016
 

In bygone days, when an author did not hear continuously from his readers, he was less inclined to patronize them.

Feb 232016
 

I am beginning to hope that the mark of a good aphorism is the number of uses it can be put to of which its author would not approve.