To celebrate the end of tax season, let’s talk about stress. Stress can be good. It reminds you that you care about something enough for it to make you dizzy, lose sleep, gain ten pounds (girl scout season not helping at all), and worry constantly. But at a certain point, stress can cause a person to breakdown.
Writers have been said to be solitary beings, which may provide insight into why so many writers seem to choose cats as their companions, rather than man’s best friend. Cats aren’t pack animals, meaning they don’t feel the need to do what anyone else wants them to do. And they have large, peculiar personalities, which can also be said of writers.
When I began researching this curious relationship between writers and cats, I stumbled upon a poem written by William Carlos Williams:
As the Cat
As the cat
the top of
first the right
then the hind
into the pit of
In Louis CK: Live at the Beacon Theatre, the comedian discusses being a parent and reading books with his two little girls, specifically Clifford the Big Red Dog. Louis is critical of the children’s book, which was written by Norman Bridwell and published in 1963. Check out the video below to get a few laughs and find out why.
That hesitation right before a kiss
I don’t remember ever learning this
Don’t matter what the circumstances are
Quit reaching for the stars and be the star
Eye contact is a privilege, not a right
Play secretary, I’m the boss tonight
“Kerouac wore khakis,” states a 1993 Gap advertising campaign. The creators airbrushed photos taken of the writer by Jerry Yulsman, who followed Kerouac around Greenwich Village in 1958 for Pageant Magazine.
The photo was one of many of Kerouac’s belongings sold off in auctions by feuding relatives during the 1990s. An original photo from the collection is pictured below.
At cliche.theinfo.org writers can paste any piece of text into a blank field, click Find Cliches, and be taken to another page that highlights any and all cliches found in red (check out the screenshot below).
The website uses cliches from The Associated Press Guide to News Writing by Rene J. Cappon, and the home page features a quote from Author George Orwell’s book Politics and the English Language:
[Political] prose consists less and less of words chosen for the sake of their meaning, and more and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated hen-house.
Even if you aren’t worried about cliches present in your own writing, try it out. It’s a fun tool.