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Book review part two: For Who The Bell Tolls by David Marsh

I wrote about this book in an earlier review. Well, I just want to add that the second part of Chapter 6 has become invaluable to me. It starts under the sub-heading More Words That Cause Confusion, Anger or Despair. This … Continue reading

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Thomas Pynchon: tech writer and fictional writer

As a technical writer it is refreshing to see that the experiences you have in the profession can be made into works of art. Case in point: V. and The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon. Interestingly, the only … Continue reading

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The long and short of it: Conciseness and quickness in writing

One of the greatest Italian writers of any century, Italo Calvino, was supposed to deliver a set of lectures in Harvard in 1985-86 but tragically died just beforehand. However, the drafts of the lectures he was going to give have … Continue reading

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Strunk and White review by Geoffrey K. Pullum

A brillaint review of Strunk and White can be found here. Called 50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice the author, Geoffrey K. Pullum, pulls no punches. He dissects Elements of Style and shows its many wayward and plainly wrong advice. It also … Continue reading

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Random thought: Poetry and death, prose and life

I have been wondering lately why poetry seems considered more apt for funerals and remembering the dead in general. There seems plenty of evidence that poetry is tied more to themes of death than prose. And this spans the globe … Continue reading

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Book review: Decoded by Phil Barden

I know I have previously made disparaging remarks about people working in marketing (I think I said they brush their teeth with Colombian marching powder), but their profession and skills are something we infringe upon from time to time. In … Continue reading

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Dictionaries and thesauri

  It might be strange to write a review of reference material, but dictionaries and thesauri have been transformed in the last few years by the web and I think it only fair to write some words on that. We … Continue reading

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