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Environ. Horticulture, Pears, Cherries, and Viticulture

Don't Like Writing?

If you don't like writing, you are in distinguished company.  This past weekend, I read a most interesting comment from Peggy Noonan, who writes a weekly column for the Wall Street Journal and used to write speeches for Ronald Reagan.  To say the least, she is very gifted at her craft and recognized as such by some of the best in the game.

Yet, she writes this in her column.  "Writing is never pleasurable, at least for any one sane...".  

I really like to write, and am curious what she means by this.  For me, writing is a creative process that lets me get my head around an idea in a way that talking about it, or listening to it, never will.  Rather than consuming an idea undigested in some vaguely understandable form, writing about it allows me to turn an idea over in my mind from many angles, and figure out how I am going to understand it.  I enjoy that.

Maybe I'm not aware of it, but perhaps I am just not sane.



Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 4:49 PM


Keep writing Prof Bolda . Your postings are interesting, I am reading weekly.  
Many thanks  

Posted by Cristian Marmandiu on April 12, 2019 at 8:13 AM

Relax, Mark! It is possible to enjoy what is not fun. Not fun doesn't mean unpleasant or unrewarding. Jeremy Bentham wrote in The Rationale of Reward that: "Prejudice apart, the game of push-pin is of equal value with the arts and sciences of music and poetry." Jeremy was right, and in this case underscores that 'fun' lies at one point along the continuum of enjoyment. Jeremy Bentham, ever the utilitarian, had his body preserved and displayed at University College in London. His head was preserved and displayed apart from his body. It is worth checking out more or Jeremy's quotes.

Posted by Thom Flewell on April 13, 2019 at 1:35 PM

Whoa Thom I've got to get my head around that and get back to you! The kicker on that quote from Bentham is "Prejudice apart", since that removes judgement of any kind from the picture. Sort of nixes a lot of counterargument to the rest of it.  
Good thoughts for a Sunday evening !

Posted by Mark Bolda on April 14, 2019 at 5:39 PM

Thank you also Cristian for the kind words - I'll keep doing my best!

Posted by Mark Bolda on April 14, 2019 at 5:50 PM

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