Sunday, September 25, 2011

The March

Reading the Atlantic's article on Robert Ebert I found this memorable passage from his book:

"I came to the Sun-Times with a lot of experience from the News-Gazette and the Daily Illini, but [Robert] Zonka taught me his newspaper code, which he liked to express as, 'When you have to march, march.' This included writing a story you lacked all enthusiasm for, meeting a deadline no matter what hours were necessary, getting an interview after you'd been decisively turned down, not falling in love with your deathless prose, remembering that you were there to write a story and not have a good time. These were not rules he enforced. They were standards he exuded."
The words could just as well be about software development.  I'd never considered the similarities between the professions before.
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