Posts tagged writing

"It would have worked out better for us if Mr. Salinger had not strained so for cleverness. We think Mr. Salinger is a very talented young man and wish to god you could get him to write simply and naturally."
- The New Yorker rejection letter to J.D. Salinger

"It would have worked out better for us if Mr. Salinger had not strained so for cleverness. We think Mr. Salinger is a very talented young man and wish to god you could get him to write simply and naturally."

- The New Yorker rejection letter to J.D. Salinger

I try to articulate to the students how empty and frustrating it is for a reader to invest their time and attention in something that they feel that the agenda is basically to show you that the writer’s clever…

- David Foster Wallace via blankonblank

Can Science Fiction Writers Inspire The World To Save Itself?

"Let’s avoid the easy dystopian story which is lots of fun to write and pretty easy to write these days. Let’s also avoid stories that rely on magic, where it’s impossible and implausible to see how we could get there from today. Let’s avoid stories that fall too far down the well of humans reverse-engineering technology, where technology becomes the obstacle to happier human existence."

nprfreshair:

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via Retronaut:

The rejection slip the motion picture studio Essanay Film Manufacturing Company (1907-1925) sent screenwriters whose submissions were found wanting. Essanay is best remembered today for its series of Charlie Chaplin films.

(via Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture)

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I made a map of famous literary spots in Manhattan.

Pick one up here: http://www.herblester.com/collections/all/products/writing-manhattan

…the song suddenly sounded like it was going to war. And it sounded like Feist would win.
Marc Hirsh (@spacecitymarc)

Newsweek: Ask a Copy Editor

Dear Copy Editor, tell me what you think about the singular possessive for a noun ending in s? Is it James’ or James’s? Does it really matter anyway? Oh, and I really hate it when people pluralize abbreviations and acronyms with an apostrophe (CD’s, ATM’s) but I see it in legitimate news sources all the time! Should I be forgiving, or continue on hating? (Asked by thirteenstiel

Here at Newsweek, the rule is to hang an apostrophe and S at the end of every singular noun that ends with S, per Strunk and White. The problem comes when you have pseudo-singular nouns: the United States, General Motors, the New York Knicks. Are they one thing—a country, a company, a team—or several things?  These we deal with on a case-by-case basis, so: the United Nations’, The New York Times’s. But if it actually is a bunch of things grouped together (U.S., U.N), we try to recognize that with the apostrophe-only approach.

What a relief.

Violence is an unacceptable way of dealing with conflict. Violence is a choice a man makes and he alone is responsible for it.
Patrick Stewart in the Guardian, 2009. Read his latest Guardian piece on domestic violence funding here. (via @jezebel)