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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Is Hiss the New Silence?
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 20th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I do think that what seems extraneous to the writer is often essential to readers. I know that the mantra of most workshops is "Pare it down," especially where adjectives and adverbs are concerned. But sometimes less really is less, even if it seems like too much to the author.

I thank you for the compliment that I have "a knack for doing it without sounding pretentious." I sometimes think that I write entries framing my clips so that I can demonstrate that I'm more pretentious than my pieces sound. Because I do dream big, though I try not to show it. I think that means that I pursued the wrong career.

Or maybe it means that I should start pursuing the right career. Think of all the high-paying options in the world of journalism! Seriously, I'm all for the voluntary. It was the sine qua non of Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life. But why won't someone pay me indirects for making free contributions to the public sphere?
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