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The conundrum over commas

Essay | Punctuation can get in the way of a good time
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 5/11/17, 12:52 pm

There are minimalists and there are maximalists in punctuation and that’s OK. Although I could have said: There are minimalists and there are maximalists in punctuation, and that’s OK.

I am emboldened in this new liberation by a book I read on writing: Why Write? The author, University of Virginia professor Mark Edmundson, has sentences like the following throughout the book:

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Straight from the horse’s mouth

Essay | Reining in rebellion against discipline and wisdom
by John R. Erickson
Posted 4/01/17, 09:51 am

Below is a story Hank the Cowdog author John R. Erickson wrote 28 years ago. Western Horseman magazine ran it then and it will eventually come out in a new Erickson book, Cowboy Tales, published by Maverick Books. You’ll recognize certain Biblical echoes that John wasn’t aware of as he wrote it, and he asks whether that makes “Diary of a Bronc” a Christian story: “How can a story narrated by a horse be regarded as ‘Christian?’ Come to think of it, what is a Christian story—or movie or song or work of art?” Good question—please read on and see if you can answer it.

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Writing and bartending

Essay | Can the study of human nature in a saloon lead to proficient prose?
by John R. Erickson
Posted 3/11/17, 09:57 am

In 1967, during my second-year at Harvard Divinity School, I was heading toward a ministerial degree but also dabbling with the idea of becoming a famous novelist. I decided to apply for a spot in a two-semester course on fiction writing offered at Harvard College.

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