The good news

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You probably had a tough year. Perhaps you were cooped up with kids under pressure. Maybe someone you care about got very sick. Maybe inflation squeezed your paycheck. As we stumble towards the end of the year, here are a few things that Americans might want to feel good about. The speed with which researchers … Continued

Take the day off.

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Take today off. I am. Nothing in this post is original. If you don’t need to work today, stay home with family. Wrap yourself in a warm blanket and watch a sappy movie. Make a fire (but only if you have a fireplace). Leave the stress behind. Look around you. If someone in your family … Continued

How good editors deliver bad news

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I’m an editor. That means I’m going to read what you write and then tell you that it is wrong. You might think people would resist that. But in fact, the opposite is true. I recently did a detailed and highly critical edit of documents by two very smart people. I then met with them … Continued

Is Meta right to blame its own users for spreading misinformation?

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In an interview with Ina Fried of Axios, Andrew Bosworth, who will soon be the CEO of Meta, defended the spread of misinformation on the company’s platforms. The Washington Post described the argument as “Social media doesn’t hurt people. People hurt people.” Is Bosworth right? After all, people post what they want on Facebook. Do … Continued

Each book chapter should answer a question. Which kind of questions are best?

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I’ve written about the reader question method of organizing a nonfiction book, with one question for each chapter. Now let’s go deeper. Which questions make for the best chapters? A recap of the reader question method As I describe in an earlier post, the reader question method is ideal for an advice or how-to book. … Continued