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

Where have you gone, George Orwell?

    re “Defending Samantha Bee isn’t principled. It’s tribalism.” Op-Ed By Megan McArdle The Washington Post June 2, 2018   https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/06/02/defending-samantha-bee-isnt-principled-its-tribalism/?utm_term=.f6297e9de421     This op-ed piece is hard to read. It’s God awful. Terribly written. And idiotic. The writer … Continue reading

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the importance of professionalism (as seen by a writer)

    Last winter, I emailed a relative with the following comment: “Largely because of having had professional experience, I know I’m not fooling myself when I say my stuff is good, unlike a lot of people who fancy themselves … Continue reading

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overwriting

    The following is the text of an email of mine to a relative, dated February 17, 2000.  It was buried in one of my file cabinets:   From today’s New York Post — “Lake Placid: My Winter Blunder-Land,” … Continue reading

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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 writing … Continue reading

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My freshman comp instructor would be turning in his grave.

    re: “Maybe abusive authors don’t belong on my bookshelf. But what about in my classroom?” by Sandra Beasley The Washington Post May 14, 2018   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2018/05/14/maybe-abusive-authors-dont-belong-on-my-bookshelf-but-what-about-my-classroom/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d649e40e0746   Read this op-ed, if you can bear to — it’s painful … 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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