The fine writer Dan Baum, formerly of the New Yorker and the author of Nine Lives, has a blog that’s required reading for freelancers. He talks shop with advice on everything from paying the bills to making people speak:

Here’s the little secret they taught me at The Wall Street Journal: Whenever someone offers to tell you something “off the record,” they really want to tell you. So if you decline their conditions -- can’t attribute it, can’t use it -- they’re going to end up telling you anyway. They can’t resist. So it’s best to refuse the conditions and just be patient for a few minutes.

After reading a few posts, I already feel like a better writer.


2 Responses to Dan Baum

  1. Robert says:

    That is an excellent blog, and you are an excellent person for tipping me to it.

    Thanks Todd.

  2. Gucci Scarpe says:

    The next time I learn a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I imply, I do know it was my choice to read, but I truly thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about one thing that you could fix when you werent too busy in search of attention.

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