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2004-06-14

William Strunk, Jr.
B. 1869 Cincinnati / D. 9.26.1946 ?
Unclear

Here I am at Copy Editing 101, seeking alternatives,
and contemplating a brick wall across the way, through the window.
The workshop conductor opens: “I’m going to speak loudly.”
Sweet "loudly," surprising me:
Too long since I’ve sat where it hasn’t been “loud.”
Sweet balm on Lower Broadway—I feel that I’m healed, somehow.
I can straighten my spine.
Adverbial healing!
The workshop conductor has to speak loudly: there must be eighty people in the room
a long hot room at mediabistro.
Career education:
Polish your shell!
Swiftly I perceive that I’m not the only one who’s heard copy editors have a relatively easeful time of it in this world of toil.
(“No, you’re supposed to use an n-dash there, not an m-dash. That will be thirty-five dollars an hour, please.”)
Work two weeks in the month—granted they’re hectic.
I picture a hapless editor, pawing at me for the edited copy;
I contemplate Bartleby’s view:
“I would prefer not to.”

Consolation Site: Thus write

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