One of my favorite books, ever! Kick-ass and inspiring in equal measure….Cover via Amazon Serious question. I’m not persuaded one can be both all the time. We all need time to think, reflect, ponder, meander, take some detours, some of which — being immediately unproductive — lead into dead ends, some of which lead us off into totally new and hugely profitable (financially or creatively) directions. Shutting down the production line for a while — silence! solitude! no immediate income! I’m wasting time! — can feel terrifying. It’s absolutely necessary. But we don’t talk about the downtime, the quiet moments of connection and insight that can, when allowed to blossom quietly unforced by another’s schedule, birth wonders. Whenever I’ve taught or lectured on journalism, I crush a few young dreams when I make clear that traditional news journalism more resembles an industrial assembly line than an artist’s studio. Editors

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