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Kristine Kucera
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I sold my wife's clothes to build a Christmas village in my parents' basement
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The comma's ancestors have been used since Ancient Greece, but the modern comma descended directly from Italian printer Aldus Manutius. (He's also responsible
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First the period goes and now the adverb is in jeopardy?
A part of speech with all of these functions can’t possibly do all of them well.
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The examples didn't help to prove their case either!
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I bet it does
The curious thing is how differently literary influence plays out when you are transferring to another language. In the same language, influence can look dangerously like imitation. But transferring Natalia Ginzburg into my English world, linguistic and cultural, made something new happen.
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Agreed. Makes me more aware of everyone's mortality.
One of the oddly touching responses to the deaths of celebrities in the era of social media is how fans check in on their surviving idols. In agony over their lost heroes — I didn’t know Alan Rickman was sick! What, David Bowie had cancer? — they take the opportunity to thank beloved entertainers while they can. One of my favorite statements to this effect came from writer Jenny Lawson after Alan Rickman died in January: “Lock your doors and l...
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I love this idea!
And it went well aside from one guy who came up on us and was like, “ARE YOU TOUCHING BIRDS?” which is a weird thing to say because WHY WOULD WE TOUCH BIRDS? WHAT SORT OF WILD BIRDS LET YOU TOUCH THEM? And also WHY ARE WE YELLING? So we told him that, no, we were not touching birds (because that ...
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Powerful observations, words...
If you have a mouthful of teeth shaped by a childhood in poverty, don’t go knocking on the door of American privilege
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This doesn't seem so complicated that a process would be required.
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That is a bold statement
Language experts say one of the oldest forms of punctuation is going out of fashion, felled by the staccato sentences favored in instant messaging
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Took me a few paragraphs to realise he wasn't using full stops. Well played, sir... well played.
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These all make sense to me!
When I started thinking about this piece, I thought about it as just a list of my (many!) seemingly arbitrary rules for reading. Once I got started, though, I discovered that those rules actually tell
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Great read!
After college, as my friends left Michigan for better opportunities, I was determined to help fix this broken, chaotic city by building my own home in the middle of it. I was 23 years old.
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Reader, writer, and grammar and language aficionado. "Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of style." -Jonathan Swift
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Especially interested in reader, writer, and digital media topics. I am still trying to determine my digital self.
 
"Let grammar, punctuation, and spelling into your life! Even the most energetic and wonderful mess has to be turned into sentences." ~ Terry Pratchett
 
When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing. - Enrique Jardiel Poncela
 
“I quote others only to better express myself.”― Michel de Montaigne
 
“Thalberg: Life and Legend,” authored by Bob Thomas: “At times Irving Thalberg seemed to hate his very dependence on writers and his frustration that he could not perform their functions. During one heated script session, he said almost contemptuously, ‘What’s all this business about being a writer? It’s just putting one word after another.’ Lenore Coffee (a screenwriter) corrected him: ‘Pardon me, Mr. Thalberg; it’s putting one right word after another.’”
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