Terry Teachout: The First Decade

Terry TeachoutToday is the 10th anniversary of Terry Teachout’s weblog About Last Night. For much longer than his digital decade, I have been amazed by the quantity, quality and insightfulness of Terry’s work on the web, in The Wall Street Journal, in Commentary and in his books (his biography of Duke Ellington is on the verge of publication). No one can be that prolific, that fast, that accurate, that concise, that good a writer. But he is. I would be offering him hearty congratulations even if he hadn’t been the one who encouraged and inspired me to start Rifftides eight (!) years ago. In his reflections on the first ten years, he writes,

I’ve posted something–if only an almanac entry–every weekday for a decade. Sometimes it’s a burden, but mostly it’s a pleasure.

It’s always a pleasure to read Terry, and to learn from him. I look forward to his next decade.

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