Writing – Page 2 – Everything


If it had been your exact thought you would have used my exact words.

Nov 172022

Anyone who writes enough can be rendered an idiot, or a genius, by the simple expedient of direct quotation.

Nov 082022

Almost anything can be put into a work of art, which is the artist’s problem, and almost anything can be got out of it, which is the critic’s.

Nov 042022

Footnote Zero, n.  The original source of a dubious, often provably false, occasionally absurd claim repeated in numerous scholarly works.

Oct 282022

Language becomes hackneyed by always being placed in the same sterile surroundings, not by any fault of its own. Dead phrases can be revivified by bashing them against each other in a novel way, like rubbing sticks together to make a fire.

Sep 132022

You can’t write for your betters, and you shouldn’t write for your inferiors. You might as well write what you want to read.

Aug 222022

The typical academic bibliography buries the three books the author has plagiarized among hundreds that he has scarcely opened.