Passive Voice & Lazy Writing

Believe it or not, I do put clear and accurate communication ahead of grammatical perfection, at least when it comes to technical and scientific writing. When it comes to fiction, I’d say that the ability to tell an good story well comes first. But grammar, spelling, and punctuation are the tools of the trade, and using them Read More …

On Hating the Sound of My Own Voice

I used to be a little ham. (You don’t look surprised.) Here’s me, singing on board the S.S. United States in their “Teen Talent Show,” Christmas 1968. Our waiter, Jose, talked me into it. “What are you going to do?” asked my mother. “Sing.” “Sing what?” “Edelweiss.” I’d only seen “The Sound of Music” once, Read More …