Writing for an Audience
When an audience do not complain, it is a compliment, & when they do it is a compliment, too, if unaccompanied by violence.
- Samuel L. Clemens, Letter to George W. Cable, Jan. 15, 1883 (reprinted in Twins of Genius by Guy Cardwell)
WC has written for an audience of one sort or another for about five decades, now. For more than three of those decades, WC has written as a lawyer, which has likely seriously and permanently injured such style as he once had. Engaging legal writing is very nearly an oxymoron; anyone who can call a 50-page document a “brief” already has several problems. Combine that with a fondness for vocabulary and an obscure voice, and it’s a wonder anyone reads this stuff at all.
But you do. And, for the most part, you don’t complain. There are, WC understands, about half a million new blog posts each day on WordPress alone. And yet you, WC’s kind readers, are generous enough to read Wickersham’s Conscience.
So on the third anniversary of Wickersham’s Conscience, here’s to the loyal readers <clink>, who pay WC the great compliment of reading this blog.
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