A master wordsmith’s passing a loss to all writers

            “America has lost its greatest wordsmith: James J. Kilpatrick has passed away at the age of 89. To those of us in the writing business, the loss is incalculable.”

            Jed Babbin, no slouch in the art of stringing words into sentences with meaning, writes about the passing of newspaperman and writer James J. Kilpatrick. Like my friend and mentor Jed, I read Kilpatrick’s columns in an effort to become a better writer. The man is gone, but the lessons of his “Court of Peeves, Irks and Crotchets” are a legacy to all aspiring writers—and Jed’s eulogy on The American Spectator worth reading.

          The pursuit of one perfect sentence is frequently lost in the speed and urgency of Internet reporting and blogging, but writers are judged by their words and should heed Kilpatrick’s advice.

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