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It’s time to end the five-paragraph theme paper.

May 28, 2012

By Jason Wilson When I was in freshman AP English in high school (yes, we had AP classes back then), I remember getting a C+ on a writing assignment that we used to submit to a city-wide writing competition. I got the C+ because it didn’t follow the rules, meaning more akin to the five-paragraph [...]

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Bad Writing: The movie

March 5, 2011

By Jason Wilson I’m not sure how painful this movie will be (on a personal level), but I will watch it. I can’t say I’ll celebrate it though. If you have any appreciation for the craft, I would encourage you to check it out as well. I’ll have a review after my copy comes in.

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Le Mot Juste: Poetry & Legal Writing

November 30, 2010

By Jason Wilson A brief should rarely, if ever, be a poem. Smith, The Poetry of Persuasion: Early Literary Theory and Its Advice to Legal Writers, 6 Journal of the Association of  Legal Writing Directors 55 (2009). As writers, lawyers should be concerned, at all times, with the search for the right words and to [...]

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On being Todd Snider.

March 12, 2010

I’ve been a fan of Todd Snider for a few years now, and his latest album Excitement Plan is quite good. He’s playing the Mucky Duck tonight, but unfortunately, I won’t get to see him. Andrew Dansby recently interviewed him, and I wanted to memorialize some of the more interesting observations in a post. On [...]

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