“The Yankees’ Dream Is a World Series. Their Nightmare Is Aaron Judge on the Mets.”
By Jason Gay
The Wall Street Journal
August. 5, 2022
Jason Gay is a popular (deservedly) sportswriter for the Wall Street Journal.
I think that this piece and Mr. Gay’s writing demonstrate something that I would say is not that common among journalists and writers in general. Which is to say a rare and unique talent. To write naturally . Fluidly. To let one’s thoughts guide you, the writer, and shape as well as inform the piece.
As distinguished from the usual essay, report, or op-ed, which is, by comparison, plodding. In which the writer’s personality is subsumed in the interests of an orderly “agenda,” or what is known as exposition.
Russell Baker could also do this.
It’s writing “from the top of one’s head,” done with great skill. Like a stage actor who seems almost unrehearsed, but is totally convincing and effective in the role.
— posted by Roger W. Smith
August 6, 2022