Friday, June 12, 2015

Journal Entry #42:(M)othering One's Dissertation/Book

Today two female students came into my office and asked, in perfect unison:"Mori-mori Sensei, what is the final stage of the essay/book writing process?" I answered:"That would be a process I call 'mothering';by which I mean not '(M)othering' in the usual sense of '(M)othering the nation' and such, but rather the act of revising the essay/book into something that even one's mother can understand; i.e. deleting/rewriting ponderous phraseology, ten-dollar words, superfluously long sentences, unnecessary semicolons/colons, etc; this stage is at once the most important and the most difficult."

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