Re: Article: "Living Documentation"
Another Plato rant against writers. I really wonder sometimes if he actually
writes, considering that his attitude towards his own profession is so
disdainful - and every now and then, I get tired of him bashing us with his
If you read closely, he's not ranting against writers. He's ranting against *bad* writers. I know that I do the best that I can in the circumstances in which I find myself in, and, without any false humility, I know from experience that my best is at least the equal of most of the other writers out there. As a result, I don't take his comments personally. At the risk of sounding conceited, I know that his comments generally don't apply to me (I'm ignoring, now, some embarrassing slips that still make me wince).
I usually keep my comments to myself, but I can be fairly scathing about bad writing, too. In my case, the reason isn't that I'm disdainful about writers. It's that much of my life has been spent writing, and that writing is too important to me for me to have much forbearance towards bad writing. I can't speak for Andrew, but possibly he feels the same way?
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