Saturday, September 24

Funny aside...

This arrived in my email box, via one of the lists I'm on....
if you've ever read or watched a movie with really bad archaic language (or if you're an English teacher or editor who has ever had to slog through a poorly written paper/story submission), you'll REALLY enjoy this....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHlKFx3l8_U&feature=youtu.be

It reminds me of a comment Laura Miller made to me yesterday, when I went to visit her at the Calumet Theater: she asked about "credentials".  Now, I know exactly what she really meant, she wanted to verify that I'm really a writer and not some crank, wasting her time--which I totally respect. My time is valuable, therefore, I regard other people's as valuable, too. And I really did show up on her proverbial door step with all of a couple hour's notice. (Laura was utterly gracious, by the way, and I am grateful to her for taking some time out in the middle of a busy afternoon to talk to me and fill me in on the ghosts of the Calumet Theater).

But as I was trekking back from the Keweenaw Peninsula, I got to thinking that perhaps there ought to be a "license" to write. After all, shouldn't someone claiming to be a writer be able to churn out better than "word salad"?  A writer should be able to write dialogue that mimics actual speech, and should, at the very least, use spell-check to eliminate the vast majority of spelling errors. A writer should be able to pass a sixth grade English exam.  

And then, the above link appears in my email.... serendipity, maybe?   ;-)

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