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Ripping Off Joyce Carol Oates

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

I started reading “The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates: 1973-1982” and in the introduction of the book, I noted the following:

…the editors deletions…are indicated by ellipses dots in brackets. Ellipses not in brackets are Oates’s own; she uses ellipses dots frequently…as a stylistic device in her writing.

My blog posts are littered with ellipses…I’m sure that I didn’t write with them as an English major in college (for I would have been marked down)…when I started writing posts about 5 years ago, they just happened naturally. I’ve read most everything Oates has written since I first picked up “The Assassins” about 15 years ago…I’m guessing that I’ve unconsciously adapted one of the hallmarks of her style…something I wouldn’t have known had it not been pointed out to me.

My Blogging Performance

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

“The score never interested me…only the game.”  Mae West

At a social event last Pubcon, I was having a drink with two of my best friends in the SEO industry:  Mark Knowles and Adam Audette.  I can’t remember exactly how the conversation was going (and bear in mind that we were all a little buzzed), but somewhat out of the blue, Adam said of my writing:

“Nobody understands what the f*** you are writing about.” (though he subsequently admitted he got the gist of most of my posts).

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