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  • The blog of Jonathan Bing.

    Things curious, questionable and outlandishly wonderful draw me in. As a writer, these are the ideas that keep my bed empty and my lamp lit. Some of these thoughts I catch and collect below.

    I also have a middle-grade novel in search of an agent. You’ll find the first chapter of it by clicking Sneak Peek.

  • Prince, and that time he wore a flying-squirrel suit

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    The day after Prince died, I met with three friends over lunch, mostly just to process Prince. Along the way, we talked about how prolific he was, and someone wondered how we square the notion of genius and with people who have “one book in them.” In other words, does volume equal genius?

    Back up. I don’t believe people have only one book in them. I don’t even believe the genius Harper Lee had one book in her.* I know this: the act of writing, painting, singing, sculpting and being Prince is hard.

  • Self-made writers, and other fictions.

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    I’ve been following the reactions to Nate Thayer’s post of his email exchange with The Atlantic after they had asked him to write for free. Cord Jefferson at Gawker (yes, Gawker) has the most clear-eyed assessment I’ve read.

    Cord hits the truth of it — most writers start out writing for little (or nothing) because others around them provide support. We get pushed along by family and friends until we feel the wobble of our writing career disappear.

  • That’s a lot of embarrassed readers.

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    Fifty-eight percent of us with e-readers use the devices to hide what we read. This number feels huge.

    While I’ve only read one book on the iPad—a re-read of the first Harry Potter with my son—according to The Daily Mail, that book is one reason for all the hiding.

  • A win today for creativity at the Supreme Court.

    Save the vitriol, today’s ruling on Obamacare is a win for us all.

    The argument around Obamacare was never whether we needed universal health care. Too many uninsured were riding on the MRIs of the insured, which is not a conservative or liberal system, just a stupid one. I’m not alone in saying health care is a conservative infrastructure issue; healthier workers mean higher productivity. It’s also a liberal justice issue; healthier kids do better in school and better in life, a benefit that shouldn’t just be for the non-poor.

    Unfortunately, the fact that we all agree on universal health care got bent into a shape no one would recognize. When our blood pressure finally drops around this issue, maybe we’ll also see that good things come from a healthy country. And one of the best things might be creativity.