SPOILER for _Dragon_...what's up with Vlad, again?

Mon Feb 17 17:44:46 PST 2003

From: Philip Hart <philiph at SLAC.Stanford.EDU>
>> #I think emoticons are evil and encourage bad writing.
>> Any device can be misused.
>Devices that exist to be misused should be restricted or banned.

I hope that you take this philosophy to its logical conclusion
and eschew the use of question marks and exclamation points.
A truly skillful writer should be able to convey questioning or
emphasis through word choice -- what are these marks but emoticons
that have accumulated a little weight of tradition?

You should dispense with quotation marks, too.  Your reader should
be able to tell when you're quoting or using dialogue without
such artificial aids.

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                           | people's sense of reality...."
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