Voices in my head

How wrong Emily Dickinson was! Hope is not “the thing with feathers.” The thing with feathers has turned out to be my nephew. I must take him to a specialist in Zurich. From Woody Allen, The Complete Prose And so I sat there, chuckling to myself whilst my fellow commuters stared obstinately out of the train window. At least I hoped that’s what they were doing given that my involuntary giggles were at times quite loud and mostly sudden. Now I’d warrant that you, dear reader, have heard Mr. Allen speak. You’ve heard the tones and inflections he imparts on his words, the stresses and strains he places on the punctuation, and the stuttering pause ridden asides that you realise …

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punctuations great*

Prompted by this article in the New Yorker (which I’ve just happened across), I’ve been giving some thought to my use of grammar and punctuation on this here site. (side note: I still jar when describing this site as a “blog”, odd that) Comma usage, ellipsis (ellipsi?), italics, bold, capitals, the odd semi-colon, and the even rarer colon have all featured here. Did anyone notice that for a while after reading Eats, Shoots and Leaves my usage punctuation was much wider than normal? And that, more to the point, it has dwindled back to it’s normal state since then. Anyway, here’s the thing. Hyperlinks. Are they, should they, can they, be considered punctuation? For example, when I mentioned Eats, Shoots …

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YesterdayI decided not to post yesterday. Partly out of respect, partly out of a desire not to add my clumsy thoughts on the matter, but mainly because I’m still not sure what I want to say, what I should say. I did write down some of my thoughts about the events last year, but for the first time I’ve actually edited them down dramatically. After I started writing I found, very quickly, that I couldn’t stop and soon I was very off on tangents, running with the emotion, trying to logically argue my view point. “I don’t know how to process this” – a quote from a New Yorker. He is not alone in that respect.

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