Thursday, May 2, 2013

Quotation Of The Day: Good Political Writing Begins With Writing About The Past Edition

From this Ta-Nehisi Coates post at The Atlantic:
In the interest of exercising that intellect, I would add something else: Write about something other than current politics. Do not limit yourself to fighting with people who are alive. Fight with some of the intellectual greats. Fight with historians, scientists, and academics. And then after you fight with them, have the decency to admit when they've kicked your ass. Do not use your platform to act like they didn't. Getting your ass kicked is an essential part of growing your intellectual muscle.
One should probably let reading old books kick one's gluteal area as well.

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