The Writing Life
In this week’s The New Yorker, a piece written by long time New Yorker contributor John McPhee begins by examining the age old writer’s-worst-nightmare, writers block.
From his own literary conundrums to those of his young students and the advice he gives his own children (also writers), McPhee goes on to discuss the mandatory self doubt of good writers, the necessity for four drafts and the virtues of the dictionary over the thesaurus. He recalls some of the renowned copy editors who have walked The New Yorker hallways over the decades, the rules of grammar that his eighth grade teacher, Miss Bartholomew drilled into him and the time that two of his students got into a squabble over the possessive plural of “attorney general.”
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