"Writing is a skill, not a talent, and thus one's ability as a writer can be improved by thoughtful effort. The problem with some people is that they graduate college as good writers, experience early success on account of that, and thus never devote themselves diligently to the relentless quest for improvement that could make them great writers."
Hey, where were you Wednesday night? Because if you're one of the cool kids, you were hanging with Michelle Malkin at Morton's Steakhouse in downtown D.C. It was announced last night that Culture of Corruption will appear for the sixth consecutive week at No. 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list -- the first time in the 62-year history of Regnery Publishing that one of their titles has spent so many weeks at No. 1. The secret? Page 291. Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center and Jimmie Bise of the Sundries Shack were hanging out with the author of The Best. Book. Evah! Michelle talks with Ron Kessler of NewsMax.com. Michelle speaks! It took me about five tries to get the photo I wanted, showing the wedding ring on her left hand. She ended her speech by thanking her husband, Jesse, and the rest of her family -- her nieces, nephews and in-laws were in attendance -- for helping to keep her "grounded." Of all that she does (blogs, columns, books, TV, radio, speeches) the most amazing thing to remember is that she does all these things while also being a wife and mom. Jason Mattera of YAF and Jimmie Bise show their solidarity by exchanging the official Obama Terrorist Fist-Bump. Elizabeth Meinecke of Human Events, Bay Buchanan, and Mary Katharine Ham of the Weekly Standard were hanging out with The Man On Page 291. Jesse Malkin: "You da man!" Me: "No, no! You da man!" After debating this topic for half an hour, Jesse and I decided we need to co-author a book, How To Be Da Man: Secrets of Becoming the Kind of Cool Dude That Chicks Dig. Regnery Publishing's president Marji Ross likes the book idea. Erick Erickson agrees with Jesse that I am da man. Jimmie Bise -- who fills in as da man when I'm off-duty -- poses with Mary Matalin, a/k/a Mrs. James Carville. Me to Mary: "Hey, he's better looking than your husband." Mary to me: "Well, that's not saying much." Da man with Mark Hemingway's wife, shortly after she revealed details of the secret plan by National Review staffers to oust Rich Lowry.