Working Papers

Something finished comes from something unfinished. Sketches for the painting. Drafts for the writer. Once in a while, these things are available for public scrutiny. One writer tells me of his time in the British Museum studying edited manuscripts, Charles Dickens, for example, splayed right before him. It was access to the writer’s thinking—his cross […]

Getting it Right

The writer Joan Didion and her late husband John Gregory Dunne had an expression for when a work was successful.  They asked each other: Did the author “get it right?” The line jumped out at me, for that is my measure as well and the only question that matters. The language, the structure, the content, […]

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