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Newsletter for October 12, 2010: Yankee Dimes in a Culch Pile
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On this week’s must-read list, an essay by Michael Cunningham (“The Hours,” “By Nightfall”). He offers excellent writing advice, including the importance of a strong first line:

“As writers we must, from our very opening sentence, speak with authority to our readers. It’s a little like waltzing with a new partner for the first time. Anyone who is able to waltz, or fox-trot, or tango, or perform any sort of dance that requires physical contact with a responsive partner, knows that there is a first moment, on the dance floor, when you assess, automatically, whether the new partner in question can dance at all — and if he or she can in fact dance, how well.”

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Imagine a world without words. Here’s an especially good episode of Radiolab featuring variations on that theme, including the story of a man who learns his first words at the age of 27.


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