Tag: the vocation of 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

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

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

The Vocation of Writing when Words are Cheap (Revised Full Text)

Editor’s note:  A few weeks ago, I gave a talk at Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute on writing.  The audio, including Q&A and a section of my new book, is here.  Below is an edited and slightly expanded version of...

/ July 15, 2013

The Vocation of Writing when Words are Cheap (and other things)

Last week while out at Biola, I gave a short talk on the vocation of writing when words are cheap.  It was a strange talk for me, as I actually wrote it out in full on the plane over and...

/ May 31, 2013

Philosophical Writing as an Artform

I recommend Ralph McInerny’s very short Rhyme and Reason: St. Thomas and Modes of Discourse. It’s the Marquette University Aquinas Lecture for 1981. I’m thinking about it today in relation to literary criticism (a field in which I am less...

/ April 22, 2004