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Want to Read about Writing? Here Are My Five Favorite Books about Writing.

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: My five favorite books about writing. It’s not easy to write a book about writing that’s also a pleasure to read. Here are my favorites: 1. William Zinsser, On Writing Well. I’ve read this book several times, and I’m due for another re-reading soon. It’s full of …


The 10 Inalienable Rights of the Reader.

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: The 10 inalienable rights of the reader. A thoughtful reader pointed out a wonderful list written by French author Daniel Pennac, in The Rights of the Reader. As someone who loves to read–practically to the exclusion of everything else–I love this list. The 10 Inalienable Rights of …


What Did Johnny Cash Write in His To-Do List?

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Johnny Cash’s to-do list. I love lists in every form, whether by me or by other people. I was crushed to realize that I’d missed the Morgan Library’s recent exhibition, Lists: To-dos, illustrated inventories, collected thought and other artists’ enumerations. I really wanted to see that. I …


The Eight Splendid Truths of Happiness.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day. In my study of happiness, I’ve labored to identify its fundamental principles. Because I get a tremendous kick out of the numbered lists that pop up throughout Buddhism (the Triple Refuge, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Four Noble Truths, the eight auspicious symbols), I decided to dub these fundamental principles as my …


5 Reasons for the Joy of Craft, or, Why Is Computer Programming Fun?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day. This Wednesday: Five reasons for the joys of craft, or, Why is programming fun? I recently read (sort of) Frederick Brooks’s The Mythical Man-Month. As I understand it, this book is a cult classic, and I was very curious to read it. It’s about software project management, and even though that’s a …