The only writing advice you'll ever need

Courtesy Michael Lopp (aka Rands in Repose): "How to Write a Blog Post"

Randomly think of a thing. Let it bump around your head a bit. If the bumping gets too loud, start writing the words with the nearest writing device. See how far you get. The more words usually mean a higher degree of personal interest. Stop when it suits you.

There's more, of course, but not too much: at fewer than 200 words this has to be the most succinct and effective bit of writing advice ever published. 

Round Midnight

The preamble to the latest issue of Lapham's Quarterly contains an unexpected treat in the shape of a portrait of Thelonious Monk. 

His manager, Harry Colomby, had said of him, “He’s so straight, it makes you nervous”—married to the same woman for seventeen years, careful father of two children, despite his various troubles with authority, convinced that he was a citizen of the best country in the world, lived on the best block in the best town, drove the best car, had found the best wife. In many ways naive, he walked, talked, laughed, danced as the spirit moved him, an honest man in a not-so-honest world, believing, as he once told Colomby, “The truth is not supposed to hurt you.”