FIRST LOOK — Peggy Noonan book cover, “The Time of Our Lives,” out Nov. 3, from Twelve: “Her forthcoming book … is the best of Noonan’s writing collected in one indispensable volume for the first time. With a special, original introduction, Noonan chronicles her career in journalism, the Reagan White House, and the political arena.”
–From the intro: “To me writing is a full-body exercise: What you write comes from your brain, heart, spirit, soul and psyche, you hold nothing back, all parts are engaged. You are asking people for five minutes of their time to read you. They’re busy. You have to show them from the top that you’re engaged, that you mean it, that there’s something you think is important that should be said. …
“People ask the difference between column writing, book writing and speechwriting. In one sense they’re not different: You’re writing. You’re laying pipe only the pipes are thoughts, as John Gregory Dunne once said. But the best definition of writing I ever heard came from the great historian David McCullough, who said, in conversation, ‘To write is to think, and to write well is to think well.’ You think about what you want to say, you clarify it, question it, then say it.” See the cover. http://bit.ly/1gZdgSK
We must help Peggington Noonington title her book, certainly something better than “The Time of our Lives,” though that does have the requisite Days of Wine and Roses vibe.
For a full half-point towards your final grade, help Nooner pick a title that sums up her writing, if not indeed her life goals and work. Photoshops earn an extra credit.