Monthly Archives: June 2014
“Over the years, I developed a theory about why writers are such procrastinators,” writes Megan McArdle in The Atantic, and it’s not the reason you’d think, though she’s almost certainly right, judging from my own experience. We were too good in … Continue reading
Irving Kristol offers a sobering insight into the difficulty of changing minds. He writes: Wrong ideas, once implanted in a young person’s mind, become so plausible, so self-evident as it were, that change is hard. . . . It is a … Continue reading
An very amusing piece from my friend Randy Boyagoda: More Soon: A Sampling of Electronic Correspondence with Magazine Editors. It’s not the kind of thing you can excerpt, so just read it.
From the the Chronicle of Higher Education, via Micah Mattix’s Prufrock mailing: Joseph Stalin “was a ruthless person and a serious editor.” The Soviet historian Mikhail Gefter has written about coming across a manuscript on the German statesman Otto von … Continue reading
A reader of First Things‘ “While We’re At It” section when I wrote it — who liked it — said that it wasn’t “serious” in the way other parts of the magazine were serious. I knew what he meant and was … Continue reading
Micah Mattix, author of the very, very useful daily survey of interesting writing, Prufrock (subscribe here), and generally interesting writer himself, mentioned this weblog in today’s mailing. This was unexpected but also encouraging. Here’s Micah’s Prufrock weblog from the American … Continue reading
Continuing the discussion of the writer’s calling and vocation in Reading Good Writing and Did She Think She Could Do That?, here are some thoughts on how you can figure out what you’re called to do. Last month I spoke … Continue reading