Roger Rosenblatt's Antirule #7 of Journalism: Avoid the company of people.

by Sydney Franklin


"Cultivate privacy because private thoughts are much more complicated than public thoughts. It has to do, again, with this chaos within you. Think of the way the mind is most of the time. This roiling of words. All this chaos which then comes out in some orderly fakery we call conversation. But the state of mind before that moment; that's the thing to cultivate. That is the private self. 

Most of all, privacy, oddly enough, makes the best social sense. I think civilizations are made up of interacting privacies. That's where people really learn community; to be with one another. A sense of self, and then a sense of other, in that order."