Tag Archive for 'Writing'

Happy New Year!

Maybe I’ll do some more posting this year.

How’s that for an overly demanding resolution?

The Age of the Essay

Paul Graham on writing essays.

He takes a dim view of how writing is taught in high school:

The most obvious difference between real essays and the things one has to write in school is that real essays are not exclusively about English literature. Certainly schools should teach students how to write. But due to a series of historical accidents the teaching of writing has gotten mixed together with the study of literature. And so all over the country students are writing not about how a baseball team with a small budget might compete with the Yankees, or the role of color in fashion, or what constitutes a good dessert, but about symbolism in Dickens.

With the result that writing is made to seem boring and pointless. Who cares about symbolism in Dickens? Dickens himself would be more interested in an essay about color or baseball.

It just gets better from there.

One can spend hours going through Paul Graham’s web site.