Joe Queenan's advice to aspiring writers is, "Don't write until you're 25. Don't write for the high school yearbook. Don't write for the college literary magazine. Don't write that stuff -- you never had any experiences, you don't know anything, just shut up."
--From The Writer's Almanac
Today is Election Day. Can you guess how I know that. I'll tell you: Someone called me on the telephone and told me so, and they told me who I should vote for and who not to vote for, and why. And they (I think most were volunteering school kids) called me about a thousand times over the last couple of weeks. Something like that.
What's even worse, many of the calls were recorded earlier and played back to me. No chance for me to tell the caller what I thought of them. Even though I sometimes did so anyway.
If I hadn't already voted early by mail, I would probably have abstained from doing so, just out of sheer pissed-off-ishness.
Did You Know . . .?
The first U.S. president to die in office was William Henry Harrison. He was only in office a month before he caught pneumonia and died.
WORD FOR TODAY
1. concise and exact use of words in writing or speech: "the report is notable for its brevity"
2. shortness of time; "the brevity of human life"
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