This is a Knit to This within a Knit to This. It’s the Inception of Knit to Thises.
Last weekend I was catching up with one of my favorite podcasts, Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara. While Preet’s beat is the law and current events, he has a variety of guests. His guest on June 6 was Benjamin Dreyer, the chief copy editor at Random House and author of the recent bestseller, Dreyer’s English. They had a jolly conversation about words and writing.
I was moved by Dreyer’s claim that writing can be a form of morality. Good writing is honest writing. It aims for truth, beyond mere factual correctness. Clarity. Levity. Wit. Connection. All of that. And we are all writers. Even the writing in an email matters.
I’ve followed Benjamin Dreyer on Twitter for years. The pithy advice he dispenses under the hashtag #copyeditorprotip has been the best way of learning: the kind where you laugh in recognition and resolve to do better. His interview with Preet motivated me to stop waiting for a non-sleepy midnight to read my copy of the book, which I’ve had on my nightstand since it was published, and listen to the audiobook while I knit for 9 hours or so.
So I’m doing that, and loving it, and I recommend that everyone do the same. One listen to Dreyer’s English should be oh, I don’t know, about a pair of socks?