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William Zinsser is a lifelong journalist and nonfiction writer—he began his career on the New York Herald Tribune in 1946—and is also a teacher, best known for his book On Writing Well, a companion held in affection by three generations of writers, reporters, editors, teachers, and students. His 17 other books range from memoir (Writing Places) to travel (American Places), jazz (Mitchell & Ruff), American popular song (Easy to Remember), baseball (Spring Training) and the craft of writing (Writing to Learn). During the 1970s he was at Yale University, where he was master of Branford College and taught the influential nonfiction workshop that would start many writers and editors on their careers. He has taught at the New School, in New York, his hometown, and at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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Staying Power Takes Excellence 30. November 2012
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Bill Zinsser has written about every topic on earth, focusing on the things he knows and loves best - how to write, travel, baseball and music. Then, surprisingly, in his 80's, he began to write a blog about everything on earth. Like everything else he has ever written, the blog provided interesting, concise, funny, challenging and beautifully written commentary about myriad components of our culture. Provided in the column entitled "Zinsser on Friday" of the American Scholar online magazine (the missal of Phi Beta Kappa), these blog posts won Zinsser the National Magazine Award in the category of Digital Commentary for 2012, beating Rolling Stone, among others. This is a little jewel of a book and, as is the case with posts of this kind, can be savored over time, many times. Buy the book in hardback or Kindle format (mine is a Kindle copy) and bring it out whenever you want to remind yourself that there is lovely and amazing writing, that short can be all you need to perfectly capture an idea, and that we can reinvent ourselves at any age.
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Superb 12. März 2013
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This is a treatise on how to write a column. This is for anyone who enjoys extraordinary writing. The simple idea made eloquent.
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Intelligent, literate essays without much gravitas 6. September 2013
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For nineteen months William Zinsser wrote a weekly column for the internet edition of "The American Scholar". He began the gig when he was eighty-seven. His work won him the National Magazine Award for digital commentary during the year 2011. By the time he received that award in March 2012 he was nearly blind. The redoubtable independent publisher Paul Dry has assembled fifty-eight of Zinsser's columns in this lively book, THE WRITER WHO STAYED, which also is the title of one of the pieces.

That essay was about Daniel Fuchs, an acclaimed Eastern novelist who in 1937 went to Hollywood to be a screenwriter and - unlike predecessors such as Dorothy Parker, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner - stayed there for thirty-four years. Other essays are about Pauline Kael, Chick Young and "Blondie", Mitch Miller, the rudeness of multi-tasking with an electronic gadget while supposedly engaging in an in-person conversation, Hall of Fame centerfielder Edd Roush, the Great American Songbook, and the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. Needless to say, the topics are wide-ranging. Almost two dozen, however, are on language and the craft of writing. That, I suppose, is to be expected from the author of "On Writing Well", but I must say that as a whole I enjoyed them less than I did the more esoteric ones.

There are moments of curmudgeonry, but in general Zinsser tries to be, and is, a positive, upbeat person. "I always write to affirm. I choose to write about people whose values I respect; my pleasure is to bear witness to their lives." Thus, it is not surprising that he is bothered by the recent phenomenon of victim memoirs:

"Whining crept into the American memoir in the mid-1990s. Until then the world of letters adhered to an agreed-upon code of civility, drawing a veil over emotions and events too private or shameful to reveal. Then talk shows were born and shame went out * * * the window. Memoirists sprouted from the American soil like dandelions. Using memoir as therapy, they bashed their parents and brothers and sisters and relatives and teachers and coaches and everyone else who ever misunderstood them--a new class of self-appointed victims."

The only complaint I have about the book is that it was hard to strike the appropriate balance between reading too few and too many essays at a time. When read only one or two at a time, they tend to seem rather fluffy or inconsequential. But when I resolved to read the last half of the book at one sitting, I found that Zinsser came across as a tad stuffy and self-satisfied. My final take on the THE WRITER WHO STAYED, I suppose, is that it is an intelligent, literate book without much gravitas.
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An Enjoyable Read 9. April 2013
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This is a collection of columns about the art of writing, and I wish I had read them years ago. Some are funny, some piercing, and all thought-provoking. I recommend it highly.
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Selectively recommended 1. September 2013
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After hectic days and too brief evenings I often commented I need a little Zinsser. Whether I read one or several columns before I turned off my Kindle and hopefully my often limitless unfocused tangents time with Zinsser was always welcomed.
One need choose carefully if recommending this to someone. While it appears an easy read, Zinsser is an unmatched craftsman not appreciated by all. The right recipient will be happy you invested the time.
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