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Today in the newsletter: A new Notes On Process with Elizabeth Nelson.
The latest edition of Notes On Process is here! The idea of this column is simple: I invite a writer to a Google Doc where I’ve copy-pasted one of their pieces and added a bunch of footnotes with flattery, jokes, and questions. They reply to my queries, and then we provide you with a link to the doc where all of our marginalia is visible. The goal is to provide a window into the writing and editing process, so that folks can see how great writers think about their work.
Elizabeth Nelson is one of the best music journalists working. She’s also a singer-songwriter based in Washington, DC. Her work appears regularly in The Ringer, Pitchfork, New York Times Magazine, and other publications. In August, her band, the Paranoid Style, released their latest LP, For Executive Meeting, on the Bar/None Records label. For Notes on Process, Elizabeth and I chose an Oxford American piece, which you can check out here.
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