Common Sense and Sensibility
I came to writing the old-fashioned way, as an apprentice in the family trade. My mother was an editor at the University of Wisconsin Press, and my dad was a newspaperman who spent most of his career at the Capital Times
of Madison, a progressive afternoon daily that no longer exists, except online, which is to say that it has passed away into the future. With the exception of Cleveland’s Plain Dealer,
all the newspapers that employed my father before he reached Madison (in Detroit, New York, and Bettendorf, Iowa) are dead and gone. His father, my paternal...