Old School Methodology For New Writers

This popped up on Facebook recently from an NPR post. As the article suggests, diagramming isn’t taught anymore, and from what I see of quite a few older, self-published writers’ work, they’ve forgotten all they might’ve ever known about diagramming. So what, you say? Much of the unschooled writing I’ve seen has garbled syntax: modifiers […]

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Eating The Postmodern Novel

The White Boy Shuffle, by Paul Beatty I had read Beatty’s latest, The Sellout, a few months ago and didn’t much care for it. When this happens, I usually ask, “What’s wrong with me? What did I miss?” I did miss something, but I’ll sort that out in a sec. I’m afraid, dear reader, that […]

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The Great Possessive Apostrophe War

  I keep seeing writing where the writer uses “it’s” instead of “its” to indicate a possessive pronoun. So let me say here and now: IT’S WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!” But there was a time deep into my early years (no, no dinosaurs still roaming) when the possessive pronoun was burdened with an apostrophe, as in: […]

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The Lost Elegance of Baseball

Something has been troubling me of late. I’ve been losing my passion for my first true love. No, check that – my first true love was Grandma Mable, my best friend and sounding board, who all but rescued me from dysfunctional parents. Two sentences in, and already I digress. I’m speaking of baseball. Baseball from […]

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He With The Most Books

True story: There was, a couple of decades prior to the year 1000 AD, an aging French bishop, known only by the name Father Gerbert. He cared little for church politics and was considered to be at the end of his career within the church hierarchy. He was “stranded” at Reims, France, and considered something […]

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