Columnist Quotes

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It's the gossip columnist's business to write about what is none of his business.

gossip

The secret of writing a newspaper column is remembering a lot of things that never happened.
Writing a daily newspaper column is like being married to a nymphomaniac.  The first two weeks, it's fun.
Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers.

rage

You can teach someone who cares to write columns, but you can't teach someone who can write columns to care.

caring

Personal columnists...are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat—no matter who killed the meat for him.
I count it a high honor to belong to a trade in which the good men write each piece, each paragraph, each sentence, as lovingly as any Addison, and do so in the full knowledge that by noon the next day it will have been used to light a fire or saved, if at all, to line a shelf.
After 17 years I didn't like what the relentless production of a newspaper column was doing to my writing.  That routine can push you to have stronger opinions than you actually have, or contrived opinions about subjects you may not care deeply about, or to run roughshod over nuance to reach an unambiguous conclusion.  Believe it or not, an opinion writer can sometimes get sick of his own voice.