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Tag: radio

Listening to Good Writing: The Case of Zinsser and This American Life

We can love a book for so many reasons, but one of them, maybe the essential one, is good writing. But good writing does not necessarily have to be printed in a book, and it does not even need to be read. William Zinsser, author of On Writing Well, an acclaimed book that was mentioned in an earlier post, has come to learn this truth at the age of 90. The New York Times recently published an article about Zinsser, whose eyesight has now been significantly damaged from glaucoma. Although no longer able to read himself, Zinsser now meets writers in one-on-one sessions in order to listen to works in progress. Read the rest of this entry »

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Norm MacDonald’s Tip For Hopeful Writers

On the internet, there is no shortage of writing tips from established writers. Yet, few poke fun at the serious intensity through which the advice about writing is given. Here, to add some levity and playfulness,  is Norm MacDonald telling a story about him and the late Drake Sather:

Listen: Dramatization of Orwell’s 1984

BBC 4 has a radio dramatization of 1984 that is available online for the next year. Part One and Part Two, which has a link but will be available soon. – [via Open Culture]