How to write good

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How to write good By Frank Visco   Avoid Alliteration. Always. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.) Employ the vernacular. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive. Contractions aren’t necessary. Foreign words and […]

“Virus of the mind” – margin notes

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This book was published in 1996 by Richard Brodie, the original author credited with publishing Microsoft Word. Although I may be reading it 15 years late, it seems that some of the concepts are more relevant today than when the work was published. These are unformatted margin notes from my reading, published here in my customary […]

Applebee’s America reading notes

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– by Douglas Sosnik, Matthew Dowd, Ron Fornier 2006 – “A How To book on fooling the public”  p 218 Gut Values Connections “it’s not issues that count but gut values connections” Life Targeting It’s the Lifestyle Stupid Navigators and Influentials Religion of business; Corporations infecting faith Lloyd Hill of Applebee’s: Emotional investment in people […]

Reading notes for “Storms of My Grandchildren”

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“Storms of My Grandchildren” is a book that needs to be rewritten. Climate change may be the most important and most complex issue that our generation may need to grasp and James Hansen is the clear authority on the subject. That makes it particularly regrettable that this is only the second book reviewed this year that I do not have overwhelmingly […]

book review: Reading Notes for “The End of The Line”

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“The End of the Line: How Overfishing is Changing the World and What We Eat” by Charles Clover 2006 University of California Press –        read October 2010 The Problem 75% of world’s fisheries are fully exploited, over-exploited or depleted. Demand continues to grow sharply. Commercial fisheries use modern “fish-killing machines”  (p 42); technology creep increases […]