Category: Better Writing

Advice from the Masters: Susan Sontag

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Susan Sontag has already appeared in our Advice from the Masters posts, but I just read her 1995 Paris Review interview and I found this gem. The interviewer asked “How do you actually write?” “I write with a felt-tip pen, or sometimes a pencil, on yellow or white legal pads, that fetish of American writers. I like  »  Read More

Advice from the Masters: Cass Sunstein

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Cass Sunstein is famous for many reasons, but my impressions of him come primarily from Richard Thaler’s book, Misbehaving. After describing Sunstein as a “rock star” and suggesting that “adding Cass to your research team is a bit like adding Lionel Messi to your pick-up soccer game,” Thaler talks about how fast  »  Read More

Advice from the Masters: Richard Dawkins

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When I was on the WELL, in the early 1990s, “meme” was one of the words we gleefully discussed. It was a joy to be among very bright people trying to work out exactly what the word meant. Today “meme” is associated with cat videos and anything that goes viral on the net. We were more serious. When Tom Mandel was  »  Read More

Getting the Most from Writing Tips

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They’re everywhere! They’re everywhere! Writers love to tell other writers how they should work. And writers suck up tips from everywhere looking for the magic one that will make the big difference. That’s why there are swarms of writer’s tips in places like Twitter and Facebook and a gaggle of blog posts. Here are  »  Read More

Advice from the Masters: Steven Pinker

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Richard Feynman is one of my intellectual heroes because he could make difficult concepts understandable to those of us who aren’t physicists. Steven Pinker is another one of those scientists who can make the details of his subject clear and interesting. Look no further than his book How the Mind Works for examples. So  »  Read More

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