I’ve gotten out of the habit of reading James Wolcott’s blog— the Vanity Fair Web site’s nearly pathological need to throw pop-ups on my screen keeps me away– but maybe I should brave the little subscription offers more often for things like this:

The truth they never teach in J-school is that too much knowledge of a subject can impede the free flow of copy. I know that my own Negative Capability is often best flexed when I know damn all nil about a phenomenon and don’t find myself hemmed in by pesky concerns over its quality–you know, taste considerations over whether it’s good or bad or a crime against art, that sort of thing.

If anything, having a fully formed opinion can make your job harder to do.