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Smart Writers & World Events

My writer friend Edmund and I had a conversation last month about writers and how the best writers are very, very smart. When you read interviews with them it says things like, "Mr. Smith reads five newspapers a day, including French and Italian papers which he has delivered daily." Or their bio will begin, "After completing a PhD in biophysics at MIT, Ms. Johnson decided to try her hand at novel writing..."

Make me puke.

I barely keep up with the news. I'll catch 10 minutes of the Today show every now and again, skim the Sunday paper, and maybe log onto MSNBC. I'm not proud to admit it, but there you have it. Which is why one of my semi-goals for the new year is to read a daily paper. I'm still debating whether I want the local paper, USA Today, or maybe even The Wall Street Journal (I enjoy the writing there).

I say semi-goal because I'm not convinced I'll keep up with it. Reading a paper takes time. That's over an hour each day that will disappear from an already busy schedule. BUT, a firm goal of the New Year is to drastically cut back on TV time.  For January, I'm allotting an hour a day during the week, and 2 hours/day on weekends, in case I want to watch a DVD.  The point being though, I should be able to switch an hour of wasted TV viewing over to keeping up with world events. Not a bad tradeoff.

Will it make me smarter? Probably not. But I'll take "better informed" and "able to participate in conversations with some degree of intelligence," as goals worthy of striving for.

I think I'll start with the local paper and if that goes well, move up the chain. Who knows? This time next year I may have French newspaper delivered to my door. Stay tuned...

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Reader Comments (4)

We only get the Sunday paper and that's mainly so I can look through the coupons. I never watch the news either because it just has horrible stuff! I have found that if I go online and skim over stories on cnn, msn or google news I get all of the main news stories that will be on the primetime news stations. I have been able to keep up very well doing that. And this way, I avoid all of the depressing news stories on our local stations. Good luck with the start of the new year!Nicole

December 31, 2007 at 10:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterNicole

If you love the writing in the Wall Street Journal (as I do), then buy it now. Once Rupert Murdoch starts fiddling with it, I suspect the writing (and reporting) will go straight down hill. At least you'll be able to say you read it when the writing was still some of the best on the planet.

December 31, 2007 at 1:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterBernie

A perfect blog for one of my favorite quotes ... "The talent for writing is largely the talent for living, and it is utterly independent of knowledge." Willa Cather.Nuff said.

January 1, 2008 at 4:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterPam

Okay, so you must not have the same size crush on Matt Lauer that I do. I could watch three hours of THE TODAY SHOW everyday. :-) Enjoy your paper... I got mad at our carrier a few months and cancelled ours. I really miss the early morning "paper and coffee" routine but I'm too stubborn to resubscribe.

January 2, 2008 at 7:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

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