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theparisreview:

Encouraging news for all who let their modifiers dangle: “A stickler insists that we never let a participle dangle, that you can’t say, ‘Turning the corner, a beautiful view awaited me’ … But if you look either at the history of great writing and language as it’s been used by its exemplary stylists, you find that they use dangling modifiers all the time. And if you look at the grammar of English you find that there is no rule that prohibits a dangling modifier … it was pretty much pulled out of thin air by one usage guide a century ago and copied into every one since.”
For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

theparisreview:

Encouraging news for all who let their modifiers dangle: “A stickler insists that we never let a participle dangle, that you can’t say, ‘Turning the corner, a beautiful view awaited me’ … But if you look either at the history of great writing and language as it’s been used by its exemplary stylists, you find that they use dangling modifiers all the time. And if you look at the grammar of English you find that there is no rule that prohibits a dangling modifier … it was pretty much pulled out of thin air by one usage guide a century ago and copied into every one since.”

For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

theparisreview:

“After all you must enjoy my writing and if you enjoy it you understand it. If you did not enjoy it why do you make a fuss about it?”
—Gertrude Stein, from a radio interview.

Great quote.

theparisreview:

“After all you must enjoy my writing and if you enjoy it you understand it. If you did not enjoy it why do you make a fuss about it?”

Gertrude Stein, from a radio interview.

Great quote.

Playing at The Factory coffeehouse in De Pere, Wisconsin with my band The Fireflies. Sometime in the late 90s. That Rickenbacker guitar and @bjork t-shirt were a great combo. #tbt

Playing at The Factory coffeehouse in De Pere, Wisconsin with my band The Fireflies. Sometime in the late 90s. That Rickenbacker guitar and @bjork t-shirt were a great combo. #tbt

salon:

These rankings exhibit a callous disregard for college affordability, prioritizing schools that spend more money on flashy amenities rather than scholarships and grants. U.S. News and World Report glamorizes selectivity, which creates a culture of exclusion that shuns low-income students the hardest.

College rankings are a farce.