Good Advice From a Jerk
There is a saying that "Beauty is where you find it." The same can be said for wisdom. William Safire is a stone cold jerk but this article, Op-Ed Columnist: How to Read a Column, in the NYT is wonderful.
It is important to remind ourselves that talent and opinion are two different things. I have to respect his talent as a writer even though I hate his opinions. Just for good measure, here are some other Safire Rules for Writers.