The New Yorker‘s Book Bench has an excerpt from Roger Rosenblatt’s new book, Unless it Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing, which I paged through the other night at the Yacht Club, where a friend had a copy. It’s not just that I’m a sucker for writing books, which I cravenly am, but that Rosenblatt has been giving expert advice since Rules for Aging: A Wry and Witty Guide to Life (2000), where the first rule is, “Whatever you think matters—doesn’t. Follow this rule and it will add decades to your life.”
I think it matters, though, that I snap up this book, so I’m eyeing the cut-off dates on the last 85 Border’s 40% off coupons gathering dust in my email trash. Unless it Moves… includes a letter Rosenblatt wrote to the students in the graduate writing course he taught at Stony Brook University in 2008; here’s a passage from it:
Read more: An Inspirational Letter to My Students.
Rosenblatt is the author of Making Toast, a memoir about the loss of his daughter, Amy. There is a wonderful review of it here, by my friend Jessica Handler.