charles killeen's Writings
I might as well start with the first offense that comes to mind, one of the twentieth century's worst grammatical abominations, "for free". Why doesn't that bother other people the way it does me? Free is an adjective. We wouldn't say, "for large" or "for tall". In the 1940's and 1950's, modestly educated people would say, "I...
I'm an old and hardly accomplished writer, mostly because I had a self-destructive habit of destroying my work -- books, stories, articles. Do you remember Jules Pfeiffer's "Little Murders"? I call mine little suicides. Some of the stories were rejected by...