Galbraith on Spontaneity

by F.

From The Economist’s obit of John Kenneth Galbraith:

He was certainly Keynes’s heir in his passion for the trenches of public policy, his recognition that economics could and should be accessible, and his way with words. A devotee of Trollope and Evelyn Waugh—“Scoop” was a favourite—Mr Galbraith strove to perfect his prose, reworking each passage at least five times. “It was usually on about the fourth day that I put in that note of spontaneity for which I am known,” he once admitted

A nice reminder that what seems spontaneous to the audience need not be—probably wasn’t—spontaneous to the author. Full story here.