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Susan Sontag on writing

Beautiful (previously unpublished) essay by Susan Sontag copied verbatim from source: (emphases below mine) Long ago – it was the 18th century – a great and eccentric defender of literature and the English language – it was Doctor Johnson – wrote, in the preface to his Dictionary: “The chief glory of every people arises from [...]

Lessons on writing

From article on good writing: … But one of the things good writing does is to fight a rear-guard action against this automatic absorption of error. For example, a competent writer would look twice at rear-guard action to make sure that he means to evoke a losing battle and check automatic absorption to make sure [...]

Zadie Smith on writing

Excellent article on writing from writer Zadie Smith (whom I have not yet read). I’ve copied over pretty much the whole article, but only because she writes only what’s necessary, even if there’s a lot that is. On the writer: Writers feel, for example, that what appear to be bad aesthetic choices very often have [...]

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