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2019

Weekend Miscellany

Consistent writing will make you a better designer, according to Eugen Eşanu. Not so fast, reports John Seabrook. After all, + more

Every Musical Genre Has Its Keith Richards

You’ve heard of Bach, right? Johann Sebastian? That rather dour-looking Baroque composer of cantatas, oratorios, and liturgical music? Turns out + more

Hey CK, I’m gonna need an advance on my paycheck…

More than a thousand guitars, amps, and assorted gear belonging to the late Walter Becker will be auctioned this weekend + more

Stop! Grammar Time!

I was reading a pretty interesting article this morning about how a Pittsburgh TV celebrity rigged the state lottery back + more

A Portrait of the Music Snob as a Young Man

Big milestone in music history today: On October 10, 1969—exactly fifty years ago—King Crimson released its debut album, In the + more

How to Write Good

Nature has published novelist Cormac McCarthy’s tips on how to write a great science paper, and—surprise!—much of his advice just + more

Fright Night

There are few things that truly terrify me. Falling into a giant vat of mayonnaise is one; being trapped in + more

Weekend Miscellany

According to Jack Kelly over at Forbes, it really doesn’t matter whether you go to college: you’ll earn about the + more

A Writer’s Favorite Complaint

Here’s a fascinating review of John Warner’s Why They Can’t Write: Killing the Five Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities. While + more

DIY Jargonectomy

Does any part of your job involve writing? Are you employed in the marketing, communications, or PR fields? Have you, + more

Dio benedica l’Italia

In the small towns of eastern Tuscany—where I recently spent the better part of a week—a cappuccino can be had + more

This weekend is supposed to be chilly.

With a cold weekend ahead, why not just decide now to head over to the Greek Festival (if you live + more

God Bless America

Just got back from a glorious two-week vacation, during which time the missus and I drove more than 3,000 miles, + more

Because, mountains.

A trip home was long overdue, especially one filled with family, fishing, glaciers, hiking, and camping. And my visit last + more

Life Lessons from Peanuts

As a kid, I didn’t just look like Charlie Brown—I was Charlie Brown: loser, misfit, blockhead. Probably why I loved + more

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