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We write about how humans fail and succeed at communication.

What is Redundancy?

None of us are perfect writers. Whether writing creatively, or practically, we all need to edit our work. While it can sometimes be hard to know where to start, a good first step is to remove anything redundant from your piece. Redundancy in writing refers to words…

Sharon Olds published her first collection of poems in 1980, and in the forty years between then and now she has built one of the most storied careers in contemporary literature. Olds has published thirteen books of poetry; featured in over one-hundred anthologies; consistently shown up in print publications such…

Pretentious, What Does That Even Mean?

If you’ve ever tried to write, make, or do in any capacity then at some point you’ve probably worried about sounding pretentious. It’s a healthy worry for the most part — as it keeps our worst excesses in check — but still one worth…

I recently read Ben Lerner’s latest novel The Topeka School, which focuses on, among other things, the travails of a high-school debater. One of the prevalent tactics the protagonist utilises is called “the spread” which is high-school debate speak for a barrage of points and information so broad in scope…

If you’ve been following political content over the last few years, chances are you have heard the phrase “dog whistling” or “dog whistles” at some point, though you might not be sure of exactly what it means. Well, let’s start simple. The term is, obviously enough, named after whistles used…

When we think of the people who work with and redefine language the first ones that probably come to mind are usually novelists, poets, playwrights — philosophers if you’re feeling fancy. Comedy tends to be overlooked though it can, in its various forms, be a boundary-pushing and experimental method of…

I recently read Ben Lerner’s latest novel The Topeka School, which focuses on, among other things, the travails of a high-school debater. One of the prevalent tactics the protagonist utilises is called “the spread” which is high-school debate speak for a barrage of points and information so broad in scope…

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