“The fundamental point is that if a writer has something interesting to say, you have to ask, sentence by sentence, if it is clear as it should be or could it be clearer, while also respecting the writer’s voice and tone. You have to listen carefully to the tone of the writer’s prose and try to adapt to it, but only up to a point.”

— Robert Silvers, (December 31, 1929 – March 20, 2017), editor, New York Review of Books


The New Yorker, Remembering Robert Silvers