Two stars out of five on Goodreads.
It wasn’t as bad as I expected.
This is classic:
More glory for the China National Aviation Corporation. Here’s a nice television news clip featuring Moon Chin and the Legends of CNAC exhibit at the SFO Museum.
(102-year old Moon is looking pretty spry, and he’s interviewed in English.)
Very cool story on Huffpost:
About a photographer who recovers and develops old and abandoned rolls of film.
The Weekly Alta California, October 10, 1868:
Hints to Base Ballists
Now that the national game is so universally played, the following hints and suggestions may not prove inopportune. They are the result of long and arduous study of the game–practically and theoretically, and are worthy, it is thought, of the attention of all players:
1-Never admit a grocer to your “nine” lest your Club be denominated “butter fingers.”
2-Admit no furriers; they are suggestive of “muffs;” nor bakers, for they are redolent with “muffin.”
3-Never charge your “bases;” as a matter of military necessity this is sometimes advisable, but in ball-play, never.
4-Don’t stop short in a match because your “short stop” muffs a ball.
5-Don’t accuse your catcher of chicken stealing because he catches a “foul.”
6-If your “long field” catches a “fly” don’t laugh at him because he held his mouth open.
7-If a newly married member makes a “home run,” don’t accuse him of being hen-pecked.
8-When you “whitewash” your opponents don’t get any into their eyes; it might hurt.
9-A bricklayer or two would be valuable acquisitions; they would be sure to be good “strikers.”
10-A detective would be useful as a “catcher.”
11-As a “pitcher,” we would recommend Bob Brettle, the pugilist; he may not be much of a ballist, but he says he always “pitches in.”
12-If you can prevail on Billy Edwards to join your club, you may be sure of having a “heavy hitter.”
I spent yesterday physically reading several issues of The Daily Alta California and The Weekly Alta California from the 1850s, 1860s, and 1870s in the San Francisco History Center on the 6th floor of the San Francisco Public Library. Among many gems, I fished out the one posted above. A thoroughly delightful day, since I love doing research, but my eyes were about to fall out of my head by the end of the afternoon.
The contents of most California newspapers are available on-line through the California Digital Newspaper Collection organized by UC Riverside. It’s an excellent tool, but reading online isn’t the same thing as holding an actual copy of the paper, and I wanted that experience, hence the trip to the SFPL.
Possibly the truest thing ever said about writing:
“My writing is perfect, I don’t need an editor.”
Said no serious writer, ever.
I absolutely love having editors, copy editors, and fact checkers comb over my work. The world needs more of them. A lot more.
And here is Mr. Dreyer’s List of Common Mistakes. All of them very, very easy to make.
(Both on Biographile. Here’s their Craft of Writing category.
Here’s Paul Krugman’s Fantastic Advice to Everyone Who Writes at Business Insider, which, although more than a year old, is perennially relevant.
No less an authority than Ernest Hemingway serves up Seven Tips on How to Write Fiction.
(Here’s a China’s Wings outtake that features Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, his third wife. They hung out with the CNAC gang in Hong Kong in 1941. Hemingway was so taken with the pilots that he gave them props in his novel Islands in the Stream.)
“6 Tips on Reading to Train the Writer’s Eye” from Litreactor.
I consider “being a reader” to be the qualification that ever writer absolutely must have. (If you aren’t a reader, I don’t see how you can possibly compete with those who are.)
Here’s “A Simple Way to Create Suspense” from thriller author Lee Child and The New York Times.
Although I must confess that I think withholding information from readers is a cheap way to create suspense. I find suspense more genuine (and much less annoying) when the reader knows more than the characters.
Here are “Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck.”
What’s with the 6 tips? Are we not capable of assimilating seven at a time?
German literary critic and essayist Walter Benjamin seems to have more confidence in us. Here are his Thirteen Timeless Tidbits.
“The Art of Nonfiction, an Interview with John McPhee” at The Paris Review. Long but good. And I love John McPhee.
Do you have any favorite pieces of writing advice? If so, please share them and I’ll add them to the post.
Def.: The Thanksgiving shopping list.
Can be used with an ellipsis, an in apocalist…
Which implies: The Thanksgiving shopping list plus everything else we need.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
(Nod to my friend Forrest Murphy for the ellipsis.)
A close family friend – her godmother’s father – had been shot by the Germans and her godmother had committed suicide after being taken prisoner by the Nazis.
“I did it for revenge,” said Mrs. Doyle.
Click the pic for The Telegraph’s full story.
Love those para wings pinned to her fleece jacket over her line of medals.
Here’s a list of 50 notable nonfiction books, posted by The Washington Post.