William Zinsser, author of "On Writing Well" and many other books, wrote a weekly blog for the American Scholar -- about writing, the arts, New York, and popular culture. This book collects these engaging pieces by one of America's best essayists. Relationships, storytelling, baseball, summer reading, comic strips, Woody Allen -- Bill Zinsser illuminates modern life.
William Zinsser is a lifelong journalist and nonfiction writer--he began his career on the New York Herald Tribune in 1946--and is also a teacher, best known for his book On Writing Well, a companion held in affection by three generations of writers, reporters, editors, teachers, and students. His 17 other books range from memoir (Writing Places) to travel (American Places), jazz (Mitchell & Ruff), American popular song (Easy to Remember), baseball (Spring Training) and the craft of writing (Writing to Learn). During the 1970s he was at Yale University, where he was master of Branford College and taught the influential nonfiction workshop that would start many writers and editors on their careers. He has taught at the New School, in New York, his hometown, and at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.