Thought For the Day
"My standard for verisimilitude is simple and I came to it when I started to write prose narrative: fuck the average reader. I was always told to write for the average reader in my newspaper life. The average reader, as they meant it, was some suburban white subscriber with two-point-whatever kids and three-point-whatever cars and a dog and a cat and lawn furniture. He knows nothing and he needs everything explained to him right away, so that exposition becomes this incredible, story-killing burden. Fuck him. Fuck him to hell."
--David Simon, creator of The Wire
The first journalism class I had, one of the first things they told us was to "write to a 10th grade education." I always hated that idea. Perpetuates stupidity. A barrier to challenging readers/viewers.
(Read the full Simon interview with Nick Hornby here.)