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Category Archives: Debates

Battle of Words: Do Contests Make Better Writers?

When I was younger, I was one of the most competitive dorks around. In fact, my love of literature was a by-product of simply wanting to win a reading program called Accelerated Reader. The idea was the more I read (and the more advanced books I read), the more points I earned. I finished as [...]

Giving Away Free Content Pays

William Shakespeare did it. Anais Nin too. Writers need to eat, and that means we write for money. We tailor our art so at the end of the day we have a roof over our head, clothes on our back, and food in our stomach. Maybe Virginia Woolf said it best: “Writing is like sex. [...]

I “Give a Fuck About the Oxford Comma”

Vanity Fair Executive Online Editor Michael Hogan interviewed the Columbia-educated band Vampire Weekend about their controversial, at least in punctuation circles, song Oxford Comma. The opening line, “Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?” raises eyebrows for those of us who do. While the song’s overall meaning has sparked lively, though authority devoid, debate, [...]