"If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it," was one of Elmore Leonard's rules for writing. Here's another: "Leave out the parts people tend to skip." He left the planet on August 20th of this year, shortly before his 88th birthday. But he left behind plenty of tracks before he took off. If you care at all about the craft of writing, the following clip is worth the mildly annoying video frame-sync issues.
One of the great jazz drummers, known mostly for his work as leader of the Jazz Messengers, was also born on this day in 1919.
I'm a storyteller whose background includes talk radio, newspapers and TV news. I've hosted a morning-drive classical music program on the California coast and published nationally in Reader's Digest, the Christian Science Monitor, and Playboy. I've won awards for my journalism and my fiction. One of my essays even made it into an anthology for college English courses. For real? Yes, for real.
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