I’ve had the privilege of working with scholars and authors from all over the world, and the contrasts (and unexpected similarities) in their approaches to reading and writing are striking. One is not necessarily better or worse than another, but they sometimes run opposite to one another, and that can get an international scholar into […]
Happy Birthday, President Washington!
George Washington’s birthday. To honor our nation’s first (and arguably greatest) president, I took this opportunity to demonstrate J. Robert Clinton’s “scan” reading strategy, by reading Woodrow Wilson’s biography of George Washington in less than twenty minutes. I am fortunate to have a 1907 printing of this book, passed down to me from my mother’s […]
What books will help me get started as an editor?
It really depends on the kind of writing you want to edit. Academic editing is a very different creature from literary editing, and business editing/corporate communications falls somewhere in between them …and too often falls right through that crack into sad oblivion. Books and websites are great, but I strongly recommend that you attend a […]
How did I wind up here?
For me, the words were slightly different but they all carried the identical connotation: “Wow!” “Really?” “Whoa.” “Yes!” “Hang on a bit there… I think I get it now…” All of them are accompanied by a magical light suddenly kindled in the eyes, the dawning of comprehension. That’s what changed my life: realizing that I […]
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