October 23, 2008

On the discipline of good writing

It's easy to be cheesy, when writing a long piece or just writing for a long period of time, the tendency to get lazy appears. Resist the temptation.


If you flatter and fawn upon your potential audience, I might add, you are patronizing them and insulting them. By the same token, if I write an article and I quote somebody and for space reasons put in an ellipsis like this (…), I swear on my children that I am not leaving out anything that, if quoted in full, would alter the original meaning or its significance. Those who violate this pact with readers or viewers are to be despised.

Christopher Hitchens, a controversial commentator and writer, in a scathing piece on yet another, even more controversial filmmaker.

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