Morning Coffee – 10 October 2018

Morning Coffee - 10 October 2018 Morning Coffee

Here are a few stories to read this Wednesday morning.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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  1. Richard Hershberger10 October, 2018

    It’s also worth noting about the Outline piece that the first sentence claims that what follows will be about grammar, but the article that follows is in fact not the least bit concerned with grammar, but with style. It’s never a good sign when a language polemicist doesn’t know the difference.

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  2. Richard Hershberger10 October, 2018

    The Sinclair Lewis piece: As I was reading it I was struck that it is better writing than I usually see nowadays at The Atlantic, which is but a shadow of its former self. Then I looked at the publication date: October 1961.

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  3. Gordon Horne11 October, 2018

    I couldn’t get through the Baldur Bjarnason article on how horrible digital reading is. Early on he gives this quote:
    “In the last 25 years or so, we actually got something like a pop culture, similar to what happened when television came on the scene and some of its inventors thought it would be a way of getting Shakespeare to the masses. But they forgot that you have to be more sophisticated and have more perspective to understand Shakespeare.”
    In context it is meant to be an exemplar of the truthiness of his argument. It’s a fair comparison. His article is as wrong-headed and laughable as the quote. Shakespeare is all over television, just not in the original Klingon.

    Anyone who thinks running your finger along a line of text to highlight it, and then maybe type a note in the memo box that pops up is “incredibly hard without programming skills” is beyond help.

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