Author Archives: flabridge

Why You Need An Editor #7

Because it’s a good thing these mistakes didn’t make it into the final versions… “Much of this analysis is based on Van Gogh’s panting of the peasant shoes.” I had no idea Van Gogh had a foot fetish. “Many will be familiar with this description, as it matches the claim Heidegger makes about his visit […]

International Students Say the Darndest Things #2 (Personal Statement Edition)

A student sent me his “Statement of Interesting” for his university application. It didn’t live up to its name. Still, I’m looking forward to reading his Letter of Intentional. I just hope he doesn’t receive a Notice of Rejectionable. I’m also not sure the selection committee would have been convinced by:  “…the many learning experiences […]

Why You Need an Editor #6 (Zoological Edition)

I can’t say I share this writer’s perspective on empathy: “If I grow extremely close to a person, I may almost feel that she is a parrot of me.” Squawk! Polly wants an editor! Squawk! And in an unappetizing academic gaffe: “The program gave him only two moths to prepare.” They’re delicious with a little […]

Why You Need an Editor #5

This appeared in a student’s journal about his university experiences: “I was first to arrive for class, and only the professor was in the room. We smiled and knotted.” I know, I know, you’re consenting adults and all, but that kind of thing could land your professor in a heap of trouble. Next time you’d […]

International Students Say the Darndest Things

ME: One of the most important strategies for excellent academic writing is to be as specific as possible. Highly specific writing is much more convincing. Let’s do a quick exercise just to make sure we all understand what it means to be specific. I’ll say a phrase and you make it more specific. Ok. “The […]

New Year’s Confession

Something about singing flash mobs makes me over-the-top emotional. As in watch a YouTube video of practically any singing flash mob and in the first twelve seconds I’m rubbing my eyes with a Kleenex. So I was floored when I watched this dude propose to his girlfriend accompanied by a flash mob singing one of […]

I’m Glad It’s You, Not Me #1

I was captivated by these photographs in Der Spiegel of the work of “snow artist” Simon Beck. I imagine Beck as highly civilised yet slighty mad. The work is beautiful and I respond to it at a deep level, mostly by wanting to sit in my man-chair for a good round of Candy Crush while […]