Choosing what to leave out

Choosing what to leave out

Lately, lot of attention has been on how computers write. For a change, some reflections on how humans write. Well, not any human. John McPhee, 92 years old, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a pioneer in narrative non-fiction, on the craft of greening and on taking inspiration from icebergs. Wonderful piece.

Favourite quote: «If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them.»

From Weekly Filet #441, in May 2023.

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