Speaking of writing, I just read a very short book called The Elements of Content Strategy by Erin Kissane, whom I met at a conference in Minneapolis this month.
I read it with a growing sense of happy jealousy. Great writing is, well, great. It’s fun to watch someone take a difficult task and make it look really clean, clear and easy. (I harbor a secret hope that she has to work really hard to write this way, but having seen her speak in public, I think she’s just a great communicator and lucid thinker.)
Which reminds me of my first chess game against GM Alexander Ivanov. I had black and played the French defense. First he gained a little space, then I got a backwards pawn, then he snuffed my kingside play, then he expanded on the queenside, then he broke open the center, and then I was losing material and/or getting mated. So simple, you see – he just put his pieces on better and better squares, and even in a 40-move game there was never the tiniest hint of black getting any play whatsoever. As much as I hate losing, it was kind of beautiful to watch and you just have to tip your hat.