Dec 16th, 2011
10:50 pm
December 16th, 2011 | Magazine
The Critic Who Played With Fire

Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy” is often boring. At times, it’s also overlong, confusing, improbable and if not butchered in translation, certainly not enlivened by it. But I devoured The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the novels that followed just the same and would recommend them to any friend who asked. The same goes for […]

Dec 1st, 2011
8:31 pm
December 1st, 2011 | Magazine
When Inspiration Strikes

You know the situation: your big essay is due tomorrow, and you still haven’t started it. Sure, you have done some planning, some brainstorming, found some quotes to include, but the actual writing of the essay has not yet begun. It’s fine, you tell yourself. If you have done the planning, the essay will practically […]

Nov 15th, 2011
10:41 am
November 15th, 2011 | Magazine
NPR producer “Considers” things

Graham Smith, a senior producer for NPR’s All Things Considered, had a lot to share with the students who attended Monday’s Master’s Tea in Calhoun College. Instead of summarizing the talk, I’m going to follow Smith’s own method for putting together an episode of the show: “It’s called All Things Considered but we don’t really […]

Nov 14th, 2011
2:34 pm
November 14th, 2011 | Magazine
What Being Edited Feels Like

One of my favorite things about the writing process is that, in the end, it’s all about solving problems. As someone who achieved moderate success with high school level math, I’m not surprised that I’m halfway decent at solving the problem of changing other people’s long, oddly worded sentences into coherent nuggets of meaning. Being […]

Nov 10th, 2011
11:13 pm
November 10th, 2011 | Magazine
We all run wrong

So I run wrong. I got it. And the more I run, the worse it’s gonna get – the more I’m going to kill my joints, the creakier I’ll be in twenty years, the more worthless pairs of shiny, aesthetically divine sneakers I’m going to pay money to hurt me. I wish you’d told me […]

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