>I’m spending Richard Peck’s summer vacation editing his Sutherland Lecture for publication in the November HB. It’s a great speech–Peck has always been among the best of our writer-speakers–and his epigrammatic style can be pure poetry. I’m working directly from the speech manuscript, and I’ve never seen one quite like it, with the paragraphs carefully subdivided into clauses, giving it the cadences of a well-wrought sermon and the rhythm of a verse novel. Peck has an instinct for formal shape, in his poetry and short stories as well as his novels, so I guess it’s no surprise his speeches have the same discipline.
Cathy Mercier swears I once gave a one hour talk at Simmons from three words written on an index card but I know I’ll never be that good (or nervy) again. I find in my twilight years that I really need to have the whole damn thing in front of me. What methods do you-all use? Full text, cards, outline? Do you wing it? And how do we feel about PowerPoint?