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Feature Writing House Style, Cont.

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Way back here, PR had some fun with the New Yorker’s style when it comes to article ledes, which he summarized thusly: On a date that’s peculiarly specific, and in a sentence that uses more commas than … Continue reading

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A Personal Note

Paleo Retiree writes: I left a mini-memoir-ish comment on a Steve Sailer blogpost about the English writer Julie Burchill and her ex-husband Cosmo Landesman that a few might find interesting. Here it is: A general question that’s come up a … Continue reading

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Fewer/Less

Paleo Retiree writes: Given my background in the media (researcher, reporter, etc), I like to think that I could be a much bigger grammar Nazi than I am. But I tend to swing pretty loose where language goes. Texting, gabbing, … Continue reading

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Carolingian Minuscule and Modern Writing

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In the 8th century, Charlemagne, the ruler of the Carolingian empire, had a problem on his hands. Over the centuries, scribes had made so many mistakes when copying the Bible and other texts of the Church fathers … Continue reading

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Infographic of the Day

Taken from Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

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Food fight!

Glynn Marshes writes: Trouble on the literary scene! A couple of Brit writers–RJ Ellory and Stephen Leather–were caught posting sock puppet reviews on Amazon. Their probable undoing: they didn’t stop at giving their own books 5 stars. They also posted … Continue reading

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House Style at The New Yorker

Paleo Retiree writes: Take a look at the following first-lines-of-articles-from-The-New-Yorker and tell me if you’re as struck by certain patterns and similarities as I’ve been. “In 2004, Carolina Izquierdo, an anthropologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, spent several … Continue reading

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