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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

There Is Nothing Too Basic

There is nothing too basic when considering your scholarly writing. There is no stage that you arrive at, at which you can forget the basics of sentence and paragraph construction, effective argumentation, punctuation, good citation practices. That's why I value the insights of those who teach composition at a basic level to college students, or of those who are not even academic writers at all.

Many academic writers would benefit from basic instruction in composition, because the basics remain the key, even when we want to introduce additional nuances.

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