I try to keep the focus on the inner journey of writing, but it always helps (me) to remember that when we (I) write, there is an audience. The New York Times Modern Love column is one such place. Often (not always, but often enough) it feels a bit like the main audience is the editor. This is not a criticism, but a fascinating details that reminds me over and over again that whatever we are doing, we are revealing ourselves whether we realize it or not. I’ve noticed a similarity between many of the pieces even though the details, facts, characters of the essay are different. I’ve wondered what the editor thinks about when he thinks about Modern Love (another hat tip to Raymond Carver).
Now, in a way, we might know, thanks to The Awl. Click here to read/analyze/nod in agreement: MODERN LOVE: A (LIKELY! STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN OF THE WEEKLY NEW YORK TIMES COLUMN)