Writing to live vs. living to write

In the case of food, eating to live is supposedly healthier than living to eat---an instruction attributed to Socrates. The latter implies an obsessiveness with food that borders on the unhealthy. When it comes to writing, though, I'd rather live to write. I've been thinking about this recently as I spend time doing my paid... Continue Reading →

While vacuuming

One of my most enduring insights into creativity came many years ago during a research methods course in graduate school at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. By now I have forgotten the exact content of the course, although given the era it must have involved going to the library... Continue Reading →

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