Writers: Have you ever taken pictures of the weird, extreme, radical things you do to revise your work? Dramatically marked-up pages? Cut-up pages, index cards, post-its on the wall? I want to show my students how intensively - and inventively - professional writers revise their work. Email me with anything you have.
[There is a] general principle of internet language these days that the more overwhelmed with emotions you are, the less sensical your sentence structure gets, which I’ve described elsewhere as “stylized verbal incoherence mirroring emotional incoherence” and which leads us to expressions like “feels,” “I can’t even/I’ve lost the ability to can,” and “because reasons.”
Contrast this with first-generation internet language, demonstrated by LOLcat or 1337speak, and in general characterized by abbreviations containing numbers and single letters, often in caps (C U L8R), smilies containing noses, and words containing deliberate misspellings.
We’ve now moved on: broadly speaking, second-generation internet language plays with grammar instead of spelling. If you’re a doomsayer, the innovative syntax is one more thing to throw up your hands about, but compared to a decade or two ago, the spelling has gotten shockingly conventional.
In this sense, doge really is the next generation of LOLcat, in terms of a pet-based snapshot of a certain era in internet language. We’ve kept the idea that animals speak like an exaggerated version of an internet-savvy human, but as our definitions of what it means to be a human on the internet have changed, so too have the voices that we give our animals. Wow.
Are you kidding me with this shit? I just got a WaPo alert that the SAT is going to drop the writing section. I don’t care about that. It’s bullshit anyway, and it was always bullshit, but I do care that that means future generations won’t have to sit through that total fucking nonsense and I did.
I felt like this when they got rid of the analogies.
“On a recent Tuesday evening, Dickerman Cade Sadler III was in the kitchen making tacos for his roommates, sautéing beef in a frying pan and setting aside a bowl of rice and beans for the vegetarians.”—Guys, that is just the first sentence of this thing. [NYT] (via citysleep)
Whynott says its similar to OPEC’s regulation of oil in that there’s a global strategic reserve of maple syrup aptly called “the surplus.”
"It’s a supply of syrup that is kept on hand to sell to producers when they need it. Or, to be there in the event of a shortage." says Whynott. "Of course, there’s going to be a black market which attempts to circumvent the rules of the Federation."
If you’re going to have a global strategic reserve, of course there has to be a black market. Otherwise, what’s the point of the stylish heist from the global strategic reserve if you can’t move the stuff?
“The trend toward greater dependence on fewer crops continues, Khoury says. And so do the risks. It’s dangerous to depend on just a few crops because any one of them could be hit by some disaster, such as disease.”—
Is it better for Hillary Clinton to run with basically no opposition? Or is it better to have a contested primary? In terms of maximizing the odds of keeping a Democrat in the White House I mean.
Better as opposed to what? I think she’d be a terrific president, but I think that she’ll be roughed up in any primary because of her baggage and self-hating Democratic fears of misogyny and fears of Republican base rabble rousing.
Self-hating Democrats are the worst.
So I guess a highly contested primary where the Republicans didn’t know what was coming and so gave them less time to fund-raise and position against a woman could be better? It’s not like there could possibly be anything left in the Clinton closet at this point.