Advice from Irving Kristol

Passed on by Mary Eberstadt:
About editing: Always just cut the text if you have to, he advised, never add to what's there.

About responding to critics en masse in a published venue: When answering letters written in response to something you've written, don't use the authors' names. Just lay out their common themes. That way you won't get caught up personally and can just stick to the ideas.
Much more in the WSJ. Kristol died a week ago.

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