Style Guides and Serial Killers: How Language Can Help Solve Crimes
Close-up of the definition of the word “focus” in a French dictionary

Note: This post was adapted from content I originally published in the August 18, 2017, edition of the Fostered Creativity newsletter. I’ve been watching the Discovery series Manhunt: Unabomber, which bored me until we got to the third episode, “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree,” when the FBI starts analyzing the Unabomber’s manifesto to see if […]

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Mental Illness and the Editorial Profession: Erasing the Stigma
A dejected-looking woman sits in a dark bedroom with her hand on her head, with horizontal strips of light shining on her from a blind

Trigger warning: If you struggle with attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or social anxiety disorder, the following post could trigger you. “She’s so OCD about having a clean house.” “I can’t pay attention today—I’m feeling so ADD.” “Why is he […]

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