Time to sharpen your fictional whetstones!
Old poetry is laden with the baggage of centuries of hidden metaphor and archaic references. New poetry is prone to abstraction and whimsical laziness. But poetry deserves our consideration as an art form nonetheless. After all, all the music we love is poetry, and all the fun little things we can do with language are best done in poetic form.
Submitted for your consideration, a candidate for the “unlikely sentence exemplar” award.
I see that this is a thing now. I can’t articulate a good objection to it.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t still be grumpy about it.
The legal writing in Obergefell v. Hodges is both a model and a caution for future writers, especially those who, like lawyers, would write to persuade.
It’s that time of year again.
“Ass in seat. There’s no other way to be a writer but ass in seat.”
by James Hanley
It’s the last session of class. What runs through the adjunct professor’s mind?
Burt Likko’s contrarian friend offers a counterpoint to our front pager’s well-known dislike of Twitter as a medium of expression.
Kyle Cupp explains why he doesn’t worry about leading others astray when he writes critically or questioningly about religion.
Many times in the past when I’ve written of the Declaration of Independence, I’ve emphasized that it is not law. The Constitution is law, but not the Declaration, which is a political document. This causes a lot of anxiety in people looking to cite the Declaration as though it were some kind of a trump…
I really wanted Man of Steel to be fun movie. And at times, it was. It was worth the matinee price. [Continued at NaPP]
Does the Fourth Amendment allow law enforcement to gather an arrestee’s genetic sequence and compare it with a large FBI database of genetic material gathered from old, unsolved crimes? [Continued at NaPP]
1. “In sum” What It Says About You: “Things are so slipshod in this piece that you wouldn’t notice the summary unless I signposted it.” 2. “Thus” What It Says About You: “In case you hadn’t noticed, this sentence is preceded by another sentence.” 3. “As a result” What It Says About You: See #2. 4. “Indeed” What It Says About…
Alan Jacobs, writing at TheAtlantic.com: [O]ne of the illusions most common to writers — an illusion that may make the long slow slog of writing possible, for many people — is that an enormous audience is out there waiting for the wisdom and delight that I alone can provide, and that the Publishing System is a giant…
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So, I’ve discovered in my blogging of late that adding pictures to posts can really liven up a blog. It adds value at the margin.
Are readers may enjoy the thoughts, and concepts, explicated within this humorous essay from “The Chronicle of Higher Education.” While your at it, Jason Peters’ Undergraduate Writing Seminar is also very funny.
The Old Ones have spoken . . . or rather, this incredibly unreliable website has determined I’m a bad Lovecraft knock-off. Sound off in comments with your own results (via).
Of the many reactions to commentary over Avatar, my least favorite goes something like this:
Despite Will’s take on the Washington Post’s “Next Top Pundit” contest, I thought it sounded like a pretty neat way to gain some exposure. I mean, no matter which way you look at it, for a young writer, being given even the chance to compete for a column is a great way to get a…