“You sort of design a perfect issue and it always comes within – meh, 10 and 20% of what you had in mind..I don’t do any research. It’s all about gut. Editing – it’s always about gut.”
Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair.
For more on Carter, take a look at this interview from The Guardian.
“There are, it seems, two kinds of editors. The first kind cares mainly about himself, about how his editing performance reflects on him and getting ahead or getting stroked or getting to lunch, as the case may be. Such editors are not editors at all … A real editor, however, is a rare thing… A real editor is focused totally on the writer’s work and helping the writer realize a vision of the piece or the book he’s set out to do. Editing requires a certain selflessness that is hard to find.”
-David Remnick, an American journalist and writer, editor of The New Yorker magazine, and 1994 Pulitzer Prize winner for his book, Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire.
“Some books leave us free and some books make us free.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, lecturer, and poet
A magazine editor recently asked me to sit down on my 40th birthday and write an article on the most important things I had learned in my first 40 years. I told him that the chief thing I had learned was that the copybook maxims are true, but that too many people forget this once they go out into the heat and hustle and bustle of the battle of life and only realize their truth once one foot is beginning to slip into the grave. The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure.
— B.C. Forbes
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
-T.S. Eliot, publisher, playwright, literary, social critic and poet