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In Pursuit of Mistake

Writing is a dangerous activity. These words come to me, seemingly of their own volition, as if writing wielded its own provocative powers. And I, always one to take the bait, retort: Please! What kind of danger could writing really present? Words on a page, as placid a threat as there could be. And yet, the eccentricities of language have always been made to stand trial—figuratively or literally—and I’m not just referring to the Baudelaires, the Flauberts, or the Oscar Wildes of history, whose writing has actually found its way into the courts of law. The danger that belongs to writing ...