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A writer's world

The May edition of Esquire contains a fascinating piece by Chris Jones about Robert Caro, who has written four hugely acclaimed books about Lyndon B. Johnson. In one paragraph, Jones writes about how Caro gets ready to write—and why he gets ready in this way:

Before he writes, however, he sits at his desk and he looks out his window at the glass building across the street, and he thinks about what each of his books is to become. In those quiet moments, he remembers the words of one of his professors from when Caro was a young man at Princeton, studying literature. The professor was the critic and poet R.P. Blackmur, and Caro, who always wrote his assignments in a hurry, under the pressure of deadline, and who usually received good grades for his rushed work, thought he had fooled him. Blackmur was not fooled: "You're not going to achieve what you want to achieve, Mr. Caro, unless you stop thinking with your fingers," the poet said.


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May. 11th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
"Caro, who always wrote his assignments in a hurry, under the pressure of deadline, and who usually received good grades for his rushed work..."

That's me. Stop thinking with your fingers: What a great piece of advice.
May. 11th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
What a great way to put it, too. I'll be using this one on students next semester for sure.
May. 13th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
That is exactly what I was thinking.
May. 13th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
I've never been averse to stealing good ideas.
May. 12th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC)
Man, you are on a writin', sharin' roll here! Lovin' it all.
May. 12th, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
Thanks! And thank goodness the school year is over.
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