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(5) Things we love…#62

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Jimi Hendrix

A bit all over the map this week, with a particular eye towards writers and would be writers.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Punctuation owl found on angelashetler.com
Punctuation owl found on angelashetler.com

One. My friend Kim is my personal punctuation police – she will drop me emails to point out wrong commas and colons, as the true English professor that she is. English punctuation is vastly different from Italian and possibly one of the hardest things to learn for a non-native speaker. But how well do you know your semi-colons? Here is a way to find out.

amy-poehler-quoteTwo. Every writing manual written for aspiring writers can be summed up with one salient piece of advice: sit down and do it. Which is a lot harder than it sounds. Do you really believe those who claim to sit at their desk for hours, with words flowing out of their fingertips? Amy Poehler doesn’t buy it and, in one eloquent paragraph, describes a much more common writing experience.

Three. From funny Amy to even funnier Stephen, as in Colbert. In this short and funny video Stephhen Colbert takes the proverbial piss out of every celebrity lifestyle blog and site aimed at convincing us we do need $50 soap bars and colon cleanses.

fork and knifeFour. Because I work in the food industry, I can be pretty forgiving, in many ways, when I dine out as I am aware of the many mishaps that can happen during service. Sloppy mistakes, I will point out with unashamedly because I also know what should never go wrong. I also know that many customers could test Job’s patience: if you are a patron or, better yet, work or own a food establishment, this anonymous piece is a must read. It’s also extremely funny.

gnocchiFive. And while we are discussing food, if you live in Los Angeles, a fabulous new Italian deli has opened and its food only be described as authentic and truly homemade. If you would like to know what good gnocchi really tastes like, or enjoy fresh pasta, eggplant parmesan, lasagna or authentic tiramisu, you must swing by Pasta Sisters. Full disclosure: the sisters are friends of mine but I would never recommend them if I hadn’t tried every single item on the menu and found fault with none.

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8 Comments

  1. I have a friend who is a retired syndicated columnist who does the same to me — sends me an email telling me where I need to make a correction.

    October 11, 2015
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      We also have a male reader, in New Zealand no less, who sends us corrections via Twitter. He is our honorary editor!

      October 12, 2015
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  2. Hey Girls…it’s been a while since I’ve read other people’s blogs…you’re one of my all time favourites! Love the Colbert piece. Thanks so much!

    October 10, 2015
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Your compliment made my (otherwise crappy) day!

      October 10, 2015
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  3. OMG! Steven Colbert, I’d never heard of him and now I am a fan – I’m suckered into his brand – do you think it would be expensive to get a one piece set of his suede coasters shipped to me in China? what a joy it would be to have something in China not made in China!! Thanks for this wonderful feel-good blog post. xx

    October 10, 2015
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      He used to have a politcal parody show on the Comedy Channel, hugely successful. Now he has gone on to late night show (replacing David Letterman). Very very bright and funny man.

      October 10, 2015
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  4. Sometimes when I read books and find grammatical errors, I wonder if it was an actual mistake, or if the author was intentionally taking liberties with punctuation (you know, as an artistic thing or whatever)

    October 10, 2015
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Interesting comment because it is true many authors use such a technique. If you are interested I will dig up a fabulous essay by a former New Yorker editor who wrote about editing difficult authors. You will get a kick out of it (she also wrote a book about her tenure at the New Yorker which garnered excellent reviews).

      October 10, 2015
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