On Writing: Trust your fear

For most of the 1980s I was a poor graduate student, but thanks to two of my mentors I had the cultural life of a... Read more

On Writing: Thinking Toward the Reader

At lunch the other day, my good friend Bill Dillon and I were talking about our respective writing schedules. I don’t have one. But the conversation... Read more

Writers' Weir: The Body in the Dunes

The blades of beach grass murmured like animated ideograms to tell us why, compass needles to tell us where, the hands of clocks to tell... Read more

On Writing: On not being a writer

This past summer we lost the French poet and essayist, Yves Bonnefoy, some of whose lines have occasionally graced these columns. Read more

On Writing: Still harping, Part 2

I want to clear up some confusion about that poor misunderstood verb “to be.” Strunk & White’s “Elements of Style” has some culpability in creating... Read more

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