Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Missing Them Most
After They're Gone

'I've been drawn to writers unafraid of the first-person singular, willing to think out loud, to experiment with narrative and cadence, bet the pot on a metaphor, take a chance with an argument or a line of inquiry that in other periodicals might be deemed ill-advised, unkempt, overly complex. Whether or not I agree with what was being said didn't matter as much as the author's saying it in a way that couldn't be confused with the mission statement 'What we stand for: Our Core Beliefs and Values,' produced by the CIA: 'Objectivity is the substance of intelligence, a deep commitment to the customer in its forms and timing.''
-- Lewis H. Lapham, former editor, Harper's Magazine


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