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I recently read an essay by Paul Graham on how much he likes writing better than speaking:

Having good ideas is most of writing well. If you know what you’re talking about, you can say it in the plainest words and you’ll be perceived as having a good style. With speaking it’s the opposite: having good ideas is an alarmingly small component of being a good speaker.

…Audiences like to be flattered; they like jokes; they like to be swept off their feet by a vigorous stream of words. As you decrease the intelligence of the audience, being a good speaker is increasingly a matter of being a good bullshitter. That’s true in writing too of course, but the descent is steeper with talks.

And this from a quick profile of Linus Torvalds:

In fact, Linux’s creator doesn’t really even like to talk about technology. He’d rather write. “I think…

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