Feedback

I learned something yesterday. Or, at least, I was told something yesterday. I was told that it’s socially acceptable nowadays to ask for feedback after a date. I was shocked to hear this. One of the worst parts of dating is that when it fizzles after a date or two, you’re left wondering why. Did…

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Am I Normal?

I read an article today in Psyche called “Worried you’re not normal? Don’t be – there’s no such thing” by Sarah Chaney. The gist of it is what it sounds like, there’s no such thing as normal. She takes the reader through the history of normality. Apparently, normal has only been a word used to…

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Copyediting

I just read an article by Helen Betya Rubinstein called “Against Copyediting: Is It Time to Abolish the Department of Corrections?“. It’s on the long side, but it’s a good read. The basic idea is that copyediting does more harm than good. It is so focused on making things “correct” that it acts to prop…

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Does God Exist? – The Least Interesting Question Ever

Why are people always asking whether or not God exists? I’m tired of it. It is an unanswerable question. If there were empirical evidence, the evidenced entity would not be God, at least not in any recognizable sense. That’s why faith is central to religious belief.  The funny thing is, the question of God’s existence is not important…

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Bleeding

Most quotes from famous people about writing describe it as a grueling, joyless experience. I don’t like those quotes because I fear that they discourage people from trying to write themselves. I also find them somewhat annoying- if writing is so awful, why are these people doing it? There is one that does speak to…

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A Missed Opportunity

China and Japan have been in the news recently for the same reason. They both have shrinking, and aging, populations. The reactions of both countries have been similar, too. They are looking for ways to increase their populations. Since neither country is immigration friendly, they are trying to do it through increased births. China’s population…

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