The Long Conversation

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Rachel brings together Nathan and special guest Evan Armstrong to discuss the writing and editing processes that led to their hit pieces from this past week, Evan's "Why You Probably Shouldn't Work At a Startup" (Napkin Math), and Nathan's "Why I Love Working at Startups" (Divinations). Learn how these two worked together (with Rachel!) to make each other's pieces better--even though they totally disagreed. Topics include: Why it's great to disagree with your editor, invisible editing, the power of pluralism, how to write about something you hate, how Substack is revealing the limits of writing alone, and why you're probably not Jerry Maguire.

Show Notes

Reading from this episode:

"Why You Probably Shouldn't Work At a Startup" (Napkin Math)
"Why I Love Working at Startups" (Divinations)

What is The Long Conversation?

A weekly show dedicated to the craft of writing