Category Archives: writing (the craft of writing; good vs. bad writing; my training, experience, and lessons re same)

my writing (a response to my critics)

      In this post, I would like to consider and respond to criticisms of my writing which have been made by readers of this blog from time to time. In responding, I have used my own writing and … Continue reading

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manifesto (my response to critical comments on this site)

    Montaigne wrote about everything under the sun; he’s my model. Samuel Johnson in his essays did something similar. A former English teacher colleague of my wife told me once, “You could write about a doorknob and make it … Continue reading

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why some op-ed pieces bomb; or, should

      indigesitble genericspeak   “#MeToo Has Done What the Law Could Not” By Catharine A. Mackinnon The New York Times February 4, 2018       The #MeToo movement is accomplishing what sexual harassment law to date has … Continue reading

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The Catch

    In 1954, Arnold Hano, a recently retired editor-in-chief at Lion Books in New York who had decided to try and make it as a freelance writer, took the D train to the Polo Grounds in Manhattan to attend … Continue reading

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proverbs from Roger’s writing lair (with a nod to Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell”)

    simple, declarative sentences are not necessarily better than complex ones; the converse is equally true clarity is a desideratum, but it is not necessarily a bad thing to challenge the reader loose verbiage is not a hallmark of … Continue reading

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jargon (aka mumbo jumbo)

  An element of a shared symbolic system which serves as a criterion or standard for selection among the alternatives orientation which are intrinsically open in a situation may be called a value …. But from this motivational orientation aspect … Continue reading

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can the sun “grin”?

  I learned in yesterday’s New York Times about the passing of my former journalism professor Maurice (Mickey) Carroll, who died on December 6th.   “Maurice Carroll, Political Reporter and Pollster, Dies at 86” By Sam Roberts The New York … Continue reading

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