The Corner

Johnson Questions

Peter: I’d ask Paul Johnson about his astonishing level of productivity. How does he put out so much? What are his daily work habits? As a fellow writer, I’d like to know. There’s a darker follow-up topic, though: Johnson has a reputation for sloppiness–for getting little things wrong in what are otherwise magisterial histories. Why doesn’t he hire a grad student to proofread?

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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