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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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Novels could be called thought experiments. You invent people, you put them in hypothetical situations, and you decide how they will react. The 'proof' of the experiment is if their behaviour seems interesting, plausible, revealing about human nature.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 5/29/2020

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  12:22 PM

From an email. My linguistic sensibilities tell me that this is an irreversible trend. My editorial sensibilities nonetheless chafe a bit:



See also: To set up is not to setup.

Really the surprise here is the source: the venerable, editorially conservative New Yorker.

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