There must be a way to improve the rhetorical appeal of rejection. Should authors consider the response of their readers? I think they should In the courses on Writing and Communication that I teach to first-year Georgia Tech students, I spend a lot of time talking with them about how to phrase criticism in a constructive way. It is important, I tell them, to remember their audience and reception as they write. I work with them on framing observations in ways that will produce results. It is not a question of coddling, or being hyper-sensitive to feelings. It is a question of moving forward.
Sunny Sunday morning. The temperature is finally dropping below 80. And the leaves are changing. I still can't get used to autumn in the south ... No outdoors for me, though. The lists and stacks and deadlines just grow and loom. It's not enough that there are seventy-five wiki entries waiting for me to grade them; a thirty-five page article accepted by ROMARD needs to be edited and resubmitted in ten days (thanks for reminding me - have to contact the Newberry and request permission to use their title page from A Game at Chess in the article). more "I’ve gone compartmental"