No. 3 Why Write

Interesting thoughts on writing and journalism from Ted Pease and Today’s Word on Journalism at tedsword.blogspot.com

20160523_173720Writing Books:  “Well, I’ve worried some about, you know, why write books … why are we teaching people to write books when presidents and senators do not read them, and generals do not read them. And it’s been the university experience that taught me that there is a very good reason, that you catch people before they become generals and presidents and so forth and you poison their minds with … humanity, and however you want to poison their minds, it’s presumably to encourage them to make a better world.”
—  Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), writer, 1973

Lighting Fires: “A 19th century Irish immigrant named O’Reilly called the newspaper ‘a biography of something greater than a man. It is the biography of a DAY. It is a photograph, of twenty four hours’ length, of the mysterious river of time that is sweeping past us forever. And yet we take our year’s newspapers — which contain more tales of sorrow and suffering, and joy and success, and ambition and defeat, and villainy and virtue, than the greatest book ever written — and we use them to light the fire.'”
—  Adair Lara, columnist, San Francisco Chronicle, 1999

Well said, Ted, and Happy Holidays to you!

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