[DWJ] 'that damned hook'?
klj at sccs.swarthmore.edu
Mon Apr 16 02:28:52 EDT 2007
On Sat, 14 Apr 2007, Minnow wrote:
> I know that some people do write without one or another punctuation mark,
> or without the use of the letter e, or whatever other idiosyncratic wossits
> they choose, but I sincerely doubt that this makes their work easier to
> read or to understand, and if one doesn't want to be read or understood
> what's the point of writing? Alternatively, if such people are writing
> only for those who are prepared to spend time and effort in cracking their
> personal code, for a self-selected in-group who "understand", for the
> "interior people", aren't they being rather *more* "snooty" and elitist
> than those who are prepared to write for the general mass of people who
> find conformity with what is ordinarily conventional easier to understand?
I've recently discovered that when I see people writing contractions
without apostrophes, even in contexts where it is clearly obvious who the
writer was (like when I see somebody do it on a blackboard), I immediately
jump to the conclusion that the person writing was Faulkner.
ObDWJ: I've often thought that if someone gave me a piece of DWJ-writing
without telling me that it was by her, I would be able to tell that it was
hers. Not because of any truly bizarre tick like that one, though!
"Entertainment can sometimes be hard, when the thing that you love is the
same thing that's holding you down."
---Jarvis Cocker (Pulp), "Party Hard"
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