Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Evidence Awake

Writers quaver before criticism. Writers quaver even more before premature criticism. This is one reason why some writers develop writer's block: their work is never ready for public viewing.

Writing has one other disadvantage: writing is generally a solitary occupation. And when writing is done by writers who fear criticism, writing is an extraordinarily solitary occupation.

Solitary is no fun.

This is why, in the months ahead, I am going to experiment with putting on public display small inchoate portions of a book -- a book on evidence -- that I am writing. My embarrassment quotient and the degree of my folly and recklessness -- and the amount of my vanity? -- will determine how much material I decide to display.

Stay tuned. The first installment may appear in 2-3 weeks.

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