how it’s supposed to be | writing, yes, writing

In writing on 23 March 2011 at 10:22 am

Looking at the two texters, I wondered: Why aren’t these people talking to each other? I also wondered if they were enjoying their work. That used to be a big reason why people became journalists: to give themselves–and their readers–a good time. That bug bit me when I was a young boy reading of the New York Herald Tribune, which I would spread out on the rug because I was too small to hold it open. I marveled that a paper existed that seemed to have been written just for me. Its articles usually had an extra touch of humanity or humor–some gift of themselves that the reporters were offering to the world–and I knew that that’s what I wanted to do. I’m still trying to do it.

William Zinsser from “Working for Tina Brown”


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