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On Writing: What Makes It Great?

By Mike Feinsilber

Here are three terrific paragraphs from a wonderful obituary that ran in the New York Times. Let’s look at what makes them so good:

In 1972, he and his girlfriend, Sylvia Cook, sharing a boat, became the first people to row across the Pacific, a yearlong ordeal during which their craft was thought lost. (The couple survived the voyage, and so, for quite some time, did their romance.) …

On a camping trip when he was 9, John concluded a fight with another boy by filching the scoutmaster’s pistol and shooting up the campsite. No one was injured, but his scouting career was over. …