Thoughts About Writing

Skeletons in the Clause

We seem to have been blessed or cursed (take which perspective you will) with two opposing forces in our human nature: the creative, which allows all things to be, and the analytical, which examines all comers for their propriety and fitness. We see this in writing, of course, in the two very different frames of […]


Would you retain the comma in this sentence: the president called the protesters, terrorists? The statement has some obvious heat underneath it, and we often justify a comma we include by saying that it is emphasizing the word it isolates. But if we let emotion overtop the bounds of grammar (in prose, at least, for […]

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