Friday, February 08, 2013

Cultural tory …

… Book Review: The Writer Who Stayed - (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

It is essential to say that Mr. Zinsser deploys his tory views without for a moment being stuffy or short-tempered. "I write to affirm," he says. "I choose to write about people whose values I respect; my pleasure is to bear witness to their lives." "Dare to tell the smallest of stories," he also advises, by way of encouraging apprentice writers to be themselves, "if you want to generate large emotions."

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