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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-10-02 08:57
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Tags:books, cancer, christianist, culture, endurance, health, language, personal, politics, religion

The opening of Endurance can now be read for free at Underwoods — Along with a number of other fine current and forthcoming books. (Endurance will be available next month.)

Mistakes Are Made (but Using the Passive Isn’t One of Them) — More on the (largely American, I think) fixation with the passive voice.

What Is Anger Trying To Tell You About Your Life? — I don’t know about you, but anger is telling I’m afraid of dying of cancer.

Politics and the bugnut ChristiansSince Roe vs. Wade, religion and politics have gotten ever more entwined. Instead, we should move on to the truly magical word: American. I believed that “Christianist” is the word you’re looking for, at least with respect to the science-denying, forced pregnancy enthusiasts all over the television and the GOP primary field.

Is Obama the Antichrist? Apparently not — Well, I’m glad that’s settled.

Rick Perry, King of the Unlimited-Money Groups — Good thing Republicans are such staunch supporters of clean, fair elections, as witnessed by their Herculean efforts against non-existent voter fraud. Otherwise I might be worried about all this free, invisible money being spent on Perry’ behalf.

?otD: Do you shiver through the gale?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Body movement: 0.0 hour (on chemo)
Hours slept: 12.0 hours (10 hour overnight, interrupte, plus napping)
Weight: n/a (forgot to weigh before I ate)
Currently reading: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-10-03 01:33 (UTC)
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Yeah, enough with the passive voice police. That shit got tired a long time ago.

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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-10-03 12:11 (UTC)
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That whole passive voice = bad thing winds me up hugely. Right up there with the injunctions to avoid 'elitist' Latinate words,and the ban on the pluperfect. English is a vastly complicated, nuanced language. I fail to see why restricting it is in any way desirable. (And those bad Latinates? Sometimes far more accurate and punchy than the 'brisk Germanics' that are supposed to be better.)
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