About John Dickerson

I write about politics for Slate.com.
Before that I was a White House correspondent for Time magazine, where I worked for 12 years. In Washington I also covered Congress and before that I covered economics.

In Time's New York bureau I covered everything they threw at me-- from the baseball strike to stolen elections to the first World Trade Center bombing.

Before that I was a secretary at Time Inc. where I was only moderatly good at passing on phone messages.

I attended the University of Virginia

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  • John shared from a Personal Document
    It’s much more important to write than to be written about.
  • John shared from a Personal Document
    I don’t think you can write a book that’s worth anything without extraordinary discipline.
  • John shared from a Personal Document
    Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry.
  • John shared from Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids: Creating the relationship you want with the most important people in your life by Paul Axtell
    His questions were very good, and if you tried to answer them intelligently, you found yourself saying excellent things that you did not know you knew, and that you had not, in fact, known before. He had “educed” them from you by his questions. His classes were literally “education”—they brought things out of you, they made your mind produce its own explicit ideas…the results were sometimes quite unexpected… —Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain
    Note: Marvelous description of how questions lead to learning.
  • John shared from Kurt Vonnegut: Letters by Kurt Vonnegut
    Do so as a sensitive person who has a few practical hunches about how stories can succeed or fail.
  • John shared from The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    of the most poorly attended funerals you’d ever care to see. Three black umbrellas in the sleet. Hard
  • John shared from The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    “More and more it seems to me that about the best thing in life is to have a piece of work worth doing and then to do it well.
  • John shared from The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    “I want to live and work some place where I can sit down with the mayor on the edge of the sidewalk and we can let our feet hang off and can discuss local politics and the state of the nation and what we must do to be saved till it’s time to go home to dinner.
    Note: William Allen White's aspiration in life. Pleasing.
  • John shared from Wilson by A. Scott Berg
    “Tolerance is an admirable intellectual gift: but it is of little worth in politics,” he said of the great reformer. “Politics is a war of causes; a joust of principles. . . . Absolute identity with one’s cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.”
  • John shared from Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House by Robert Dallek
    “Honey Fitz can talk you blind / on any subject you can find / Fish and fishing, motor boats / Railroads, streetcars, getting votes.
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