Getting Smart with Quotes

You know how sometimes you see quotation marks and apostrophes that turn toward the text they’re associated with—and sometimes they’re just straight up and down, almost like hatch marks? The former kind go by many names: directional quotation marks, smart...

Making Writing Manageable, If Not Enjoyable

The good folks at the Pedant, Claremont’s student newsletter, recently interviewed me about how make writing more pleasurable and routine (yes, both). The issue is out, and I see that they’ve quoted me using un accent circonflexe—I feel so fancy! Other...

How to Unfile Research Paperwork

My filing cabinets had been bursting with grad-school materials for years. This weekend, I finally got around to addressing the problem. I’m calling the solution my unfiling system. Recognize That Past Research Projects Take Up Precious Space Something...