Saluting another Jedi writing master

Saluting another Jedi writing master

We saluted writer Anne Lamott on (OK, shortly after) her birthday recently. Today the author of Bird by Bird was a guest on Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me, the very funny NPR news quiz. Hear it here.

Another tip of the writer’s hat to William Zinsser, author of the classic, On Writing Well. Next month HarperCollins releases the 30th-anniversary edition. It’s still one of the very best books on writing that I’ve ever read. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to improve their writing. Z had a profound influence on my own work.

NPR’s All Things Considered interviewed Zinsser last week. (Yeah, I missed it, too.) I guess the interview focused on writing memoir (probably because of the recent James Frey Million Little Pieces fiasco).

You can hear the Zinsser interview here (but I’m not sure how long that link will be good). Even more important — read his book!

Yours in better prose,

Tom

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