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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...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Rule #7

Rule seven is "Develop and refine your prose style." All of scholarship in my field is communicated through the medium of prose. Everything I do involved writing, even a lecture delivered orally. Every manuscript or grant proposal I evaluate, everything in someone's tenure dossier, is written. If you can't write well, you are at a disadvantage. If you write exceptionally well, you will do very well indeed in the profession, as long as you can get the writing done.

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