Editor John Bennet’s Writing Aphorisms

From a story on cjr.org by Betsy Morais headlined “Nothing to It: How John Bennet went from East Texas kid to New Yorker editor”:

In 1975, at the age of twenty-nine, John Bennet got a job at The New Yorker, under the editorship of William Shawn. He was first placed on the copy desk. Eventually, he edited Pauline Kael, Seymour Hersh, John McPhee, Alma Guillermoprieto, Oliver Sacks, Robert Caro, Elizabeth Kolbert, Bill Finnegan, and many others.