Mark Meynell has done a lot of thinking about civility and cynicism and the writer’s responsibility not just to win arguments, but to tell the truth. In this episode, Jonathan and Mark discuss the practice of generosity involved in both writing and reading, the virtues and vices of rhetoric, and how fiction and nonfiction persuade us in different ways.

Writers who make Mark want to write:

  • Graham Greene
  • John LeCarre
  • Elizabeth Strout

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