Monthly Archives: February 2015

Updike, a biography by Adam Begley (writing about your life without ruining your relationships)

Adam Begley opens his biography of John Updike with one of my favorite anecdotes of the venerable and prolific author. In this story, a Time magazine reporter visits Updike’s home town seeking to write a profile of the place. He … Continue reading

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How to Read: Part 5 – John Updike’s 6 Rules for Constructive Criticism

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series How to Read

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series How to ReadOne of the wonderful things about the Internet is that it has created a democracy of the masses. Anyone with an Amazon or a GoodReads account can be a … Continue reading

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How to Read: Part 4 – The Rhetoric Stage

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series How to Read

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series How to ReadRhetoric is the third part of the trivium, and it is basically the art of persuasion. In his introduction Write Like the Masters, William Cane writes: [Rhetoric is] much more than … Continue reading

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