David Perell+ Your Authors @david_perell "The Writing Guy" | I tweet about business, online learning, and Internet writing | My Podcast: perell.com/podcast | My writing school: writeofpassage.school/ Jun. 04, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

Pro tip: If there’s an influential thinker whose writing you don’t understand, find their interviews.

Two examples:
• Marshall McLuhan
• René Girard

Brilkiant thinkers. Terrible writers. But their interviews are crystal clear.

Read them, watch them, and learn from them.

Here’s the best Marshall McLuhan interview

 https://web.cs.ucdavis.edu/~rogaway/classes/188/spring07/mcluhan.pdf 

Here’s the best René Girard interview

 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D09BCAO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_1lF9Cb4M1ND78 

McLuhan and Girard are easy to summarize, but hard to truly understand.

McLuhan: The medium is the message.

Girard: Humans imitate, fight, and sacrifice to restore the peace.

You must grasp their ideas intellectually *and* emotionally.

Then... they’ll change your life.

McLuhan and Girard aren’t meant to be understood, but experienced.

They don’t give you knowledge. They change your perception instead.

(h/t @daveeed)


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