Jane Friedman

Editors Are Usually Really Nice People

photo by Ian Burnes

If you have Zen or Buddhist inclinations—and you’re also in the profession of writing and publishing—you will love this story and meditation by Gillian Burnes. It begins:

In the middle of a Vipassana meditation retreat last summer … I went up to the teacher at the end of the dharma talk and said, as sweetly as I could, “Editors are usually really nice people.” He’d been using “editor” to stand for the harsh inner voice of self-loathing, and of course I understood what he meant, but as a magazine copy editor I had to stand up for my professional brotherhood.

Burnes goes on to discuss the difference between generation mode and analysis mode. Read the full piece in the latest Glimmer Train bulletin.

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