Issue #302, featuring McPhee, White, and Fitzgerald
Levels of the game - absolute classic. Highly recommend ‘Draft No 4’ by McPhee; full of tips for anyone hoping to become a better writer.
It's not as brief as Strunk and White, but Stephen King's On Writing has backstory, writing tips, and biography that's quite well written. This is one of my favorites from King.
I still think Zinsser’s On Writing Well is the best book on the art of writing--clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity!
Thank you for introducing me to John McPhee. 😊
A great companion to Levels of the Game is a McPhee essay called Twynam of Wimbledon, about the head groundskeeper there. He sees the game in a way nobody else does and can tell you which players are toe draggers and which are sliders.
I feel sorry for you and the volume of comments you are going to get this week BUT….. haw do you feel about Seabiacuit, t by Laura Hillenbrand? IMHO it’s a great example of how to write non-fiction in a compelling way.