Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

#1: the elements of style, by drunken whites

In which: your hosts Robin Babb and Justin Jacoby Smith are introduced, and the meaning of "The Definite Article" is revealed. Plus discussions on democratizing content creation, why the right hat is the wrong focus, and whether your typewriter matters.

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Show Notes

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White

The Elements of Style (1918), by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White, is a prescriptive American English writing style guide comprising eight "elementary rules of usage", ten "elementary principles of composition", "a few matters of form", a list of forty-nine "words and expressions commonly misused", and a list of fifty-seven "words often misspelled".

Definition of "The Definite Article" at EduFind

1. to refer to something which has already been mentioned.

2. when both the speaker and listener know what is being talked about, even if it has not been mentioned before.

4. to refer to objects we regard as unique

A New Wave of Women’s Pages at Medium

“Women are not a hobby or an industry. Cordoning off women the way you cordon off sports or business [sections] makes no sense. It’s going to look totally ridiculous when we look back on it in decades and decades.”

In Defense of the Drunk at Slate

"Social drinkers, by and large, are not arrogant. They are curious and humble. They know they are attackable. They know they have an Achilles heel. They know there is a crack in anything—but in the words of Leonard Cohen, that’s where the light comes in, that’s where the light comes in".

Robin thinks that quoting Leonard Cohen, a man who could doubtless have used some anti-depressants, in your article about substance abusers is just about as tacky and disrespectful as it gets.

The Daily Routines of Famous Writers at *BrainPickings

“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”


"Minimalism and the Rhetoric of Power"(pdf) by Anna Chave

This is why Justin thinks Donald Judd is a fascist. There's no time to go into this now. No time.