Commentator Andrei Codrescu remembers the first word processor he had — the Kaypro II in the 1980s. Its inventor, Andrew Kay, died Aug. 28, at the age of 95.
Writers have a serious advantage over the rest of us.
"I always consider the entire process about failure, and I think that’s the reason why more people don’t write."
So instead, can someone just shoot Jesus already?
My personal picks for must-read nonfiction from 2013.
Writing isn’t easy. In fact, it can be painfully difficult. Why? Because it’s thinking, but on paper. “To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard,” said Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David McCullough. Many…
It’s possible, in a poem or short story, to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language, and to endow those things—a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman’s earring—with immense, even startling power.
—Raymond Carver (via writersrelief)