Captions in the Classroom: U-M lecturer tells why he's obsessed with The New Yorker's contest
From: The University of Michigan
Robert Mankoff, cartoon editor and writer of the magazine's Cartoon Bureau column, recently checked back with Walker.
"I thought Cody might have more to say about the intersection of good caption writing and writing in general, so I’ve asked him to say more," wrote Mankoff.
Here's a portion of what Walker had to say:
As I’ve now preached to countless students (first in Seattle and, more recently, in Ann Arbor), working on captions will make you a better writer.
Inexperienced writers sometimes imagine that good writing comes from good ideas. But that’s not right: good writing comes from good sentences.
Readers of The New Yorker are responding to the column: On Friday, it was the 2nd most-read story on the magazine's website and the 3rd most-emailed.