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And no, I won’t put it all in non-capitalized letters.

Eliot could not have found a kinder, or more effective, way of putting me at ease. As we sat down, he said, “Tell me, as one editor to another, do you have much author trouble?” I could not help laughing, he laughed in return–he had a booming laugh–and that was the beginning of our friendship. His most memorable remark of the day occurred when I asked him if he agreed with the definition that most editors are failed writers, and he replied: “Perhaps, but so are most writers.”

Timothy Taylor, quoting editor Robert Giroux, “Are Editors Just Failed Writers?Conversable Economist, November 20, 2020.

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