I also hear his honesty. Separate yourself from cynics and from peddlers of despair. Try to commit an act of writing and they will jump overboard to get away.
Men and women, women and me, of the Wesleyan Class of At every exhibition game, right after the final out, before the fans had even begun to leave, the batting cage was wheeled out to home plate so that the players could get back to the business of getting in more licks.
Yet on second thought I saw that the dean had me pegged.
When he and Mitchell start to play the kids are turned on as if by a switch. It can be the oral history that you extract by tape recorder from a parent or a grandparent too old or too sick to do any writing. It was the perfect task for a man with few gifts for self-amusement.
How many of those grandchildren spent any time with the histories I have no idea. Nobody had to tell them, as so many people kept reminding me, that hitters have a failure rate of 70 percent. He had no patience with any enterprise that obliged him to reexamine or slow down.
Ruff establishes instant contact with them—making them laugh, telling them about the origins of jazz, explaining the structure of the blues, getting them involved in the music they are about to hear.
It can be a formal memoir—a careful act of literary construction. Seeing how much he loved his work and how good he was at it, I learned very early what has been a guiding principle of my life: The next winter, near the Italian town of Brindisi, the particles swirling through my tent were cold and felt very much like snow.
I choose to write about people whose values I respect and who do life-affirming work; my pleasure is to bear witness to their lives. The desks were shoved against each other and were scarred with cigarette burns and mottled with the stains of coffee spilled from a thousand cardboard cups.
No other sound is quite like it. This way is good enough. Living is the trick. There was no air-conditioning, but we would have scorned it anyway.
By the time I came home, Mount Rushmore had crossed over into the American iconography. But it has to have fire. Such self-pity would have been despised by Mr. Yale was totally generous to me, though I was a layman from out of nowhere—a journalist, god forbid. Could a person actually write sentences that would lead him or her through a mathematical problem and suggest further questions?
Perkins, who often smoked his pipe upside down, started a paper fire in his wastebasket. Well, one thing led to another, and one day I got a call from a professor at Yale who said he would take a chance and let me teach an experimental writing course for one term by the way, that was almost two years after I had started sending all those letters.
We get to keep intention. Change is a tonic. I always write to affirm—or, if I start negatively, deploring some situation or trend that strikes me as injurious, my goal is to arrive at a constructive point. I highly recommend this book to people who like to write and who like to read about the lives of writers.
My father, a businessman with no literary pretensions, wrote two family histories in his old age. When I was teaching at Yale, the poet Allen Ginsberg came to talk to my students, and one of them asked him: Write about things that are important to you, not about what you think readers will want to read, or editors will want to publish or agents will want to sell.
But his heart was never in California, or Manakoora, or any other tropical paradise.Writing is a powerful search mechanism, and one of its satisfactions is to come to terms with your life narrative. Another is to work through some of life’s hardest knocks—loss, grief, illness, addiction, disappointment, failure—and to find understanding and solace.
This highly original book by William Zinsser, author of the classic guide On Writing Well, tells you how to write about the people and places and events in your life that have been important to you—whether you’re writing a memoir, a family history or just a recollection of experiences you’d like to preserve or more fully understand.
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