Short, not the long of it

F-pattern reading.   Bullet lists.  Multiple points of entry.  Subheads galore.

I’ve seen the information as I plod through the hills and valleys of research on the way to my first lit review.

I should know better.  Tsk, tsk.

Alas, up to this point, my blog here (redundant) has been more a profusion of prose than a crisp, cutting-edge chronicle.  Words are powerful.  I enjoy depth.  That combination yields lengthy posts.

But no more! (exclamation points are unnecessary 9.8 times out of 10)

I vow the following from this day forward: (cliché)

• to break up wandering strolls through the countryside of my mind with frequent subheads or new posts altogether

• to seek wit and brevity

• to avoid the trappings of online journaling

• to dodge vague language like that last point


Before you leave, dear reader, a quick aside on why we love less.

A range of theories can apply here:

paradox of choice – some is better than none, but more is not better than some

KISS – keep it simple, stupid

• laziness

Perhaps the most relevant issue is the quaint fact that there are only 24 hours in a day.  I’m talking cost/benefit analysis here.

Time = cost, benefit = knowledge.

A writer capable of mastering succinct style can be immortal.

Case study: the Gettysburg Address.

Shut up, it is not a cliché, it is a masterpiece.

There is not a syllable out of place in that text.

Some people claim that Facebook statuses and Tweets are sucking the soul from actual (long) writing.  I dare anyone with a quill or a keyboard to attempt an encapsulation of such a monstrous event in 152 words.

There is a place for shorter texts: it is here, online.

Good day, and a tip of the stovepipe hat to Abe.

(300 words!)

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