Category: Writing

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
32-theses-podcasting

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
quirky-author-bio

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
demise-of-grantland

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
bill-simmons

Bill Simmons, ESPN, and the New Writing Economy

It’s perhaps fitting, given the shape of his career, that the news of ESPN’s decision to fire Bill Simmons could manage to be both a surprise and completely predictable. (Yes, I know he wasn’t technically fired but when your boss tells the...

/ May 11, 2015

3 Thoughts on Kindle Unlimited

I have a roundup on Amazon’s latest innovation over at Mere O Notes so if you’re wanting to learn more about Kindle Unlimited, start there. I. Our Technocratic Libertarianism While Mark Lilla is basically correct in saying that we live...

/ July 22, 2014