Category: Writing

The 2018 Eliot Awards

We started this last year and I’m going to continue it this year because of how much fun I have putting it together. Here’s my list of the year’s best magazine writing. If you have other nominations, mention them in...

/ December 10, 2018

The 2017 Eliot Awards

For the longest time one of my favorite year-end rituals has been combing through David Brooks’s Sydney Award winners for the year to find which ones I’d missed and to re-read favorites from earlier in the year.

/ December 20, 2017
vocation-writing

A Note on Publishing at Mere O

Hey all, short update: I’m going to post three essays over the first three days of this week—the first will go live a few minutes after this post. After the last one goes live on Wednesday, I will be going...

/ November 7, 2016
vocation-writing

When Writers Become Brands

Earlier this week, John Oliver made headlines (as he is wont to do) by discussing the fate of local news organizations and especially newspapers:

/ August 10, 2016
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32 Theses (and several more words) on Podcasting

Alan Jacobs has not been shy about his dislike of podcasts—but recently posted an apology, along with a comment and a request. The comment: I like podcasts that are professionally edited, scripted, festooned with appropriate music, crafted into some kind...

/ August 9, 2016
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On the Quirky Author Bio

If you’ve spent any amount of time online then you have come across a weird genre of online writing that we’re going to call the Quirky Author Bio. You’ll find them at the end of blog posts all over the...

/ June 8, 2016
online-writing

6 Theses on Online Writing and Civility

Civility is being debated in the blogosphere once again. The impetus for the latest discussion is the recent firing of Matt Bruenig, a lawyer and left-wing online writer who used to publish with the small left-wing think tank Demos. Bruenig...

/ June 7, 2016
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Housekeeping News

Hey all, here are a few brief housekeeping things I wanted to draw to your attention. Secure Browsing First, if you at the URL bar, you’ll see a padlock next to the URL for the website. This is a sign that...

/ April 26, 2016

CS Lewis Archives of Mere O

We don’t often post on the Lord’s Day here, but we’re making an exception: Today marks 52 years since the death of CS Lewis, one of the two men whose work inspired the naming of this site. It’s no surprise,...

/ November 22, 2015
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On the Demise of Grantland

The news that those of us who love good writing had been dreading finally came last Friday: Grantland is dead. No one can be particularly surprised at the move given ESPN’s acrimonious split with site founder and editor-in-chief Bill Simmons earlier this...

/ November 2, 2015