The Answers Lie in Silence

Each Tuesday morning, he would close his study door and sit down to write the "Notes and Comment" page for The New Yorker. The task was familiar to him -he was required to file a few hundred words of editorial or personal commentary on some topic in or out of the news that week- but the sounds of his typewriter from his room came in hesitant bursts, with long silences in between. 

- Roger Angell on his stepfather, E. B. White, from the forward to the fourth edition of The Elements of Style.