look, pa! I’m somebody’s blog of the month!

Es­ti­mated reading time is 2 min­utes.

ON OCTOBER 29 OF LAST YEAR, I pub­lished an ar­ticle ti­tled “on william strunk and el­e­ments of style (and con­cise vig­orous writing)” on my Neal Umphred Dot Com web­site. It’s as boring as the title makes it sound—you’d have to give a damn about the most im­por­tant figure and the most im­por­tant book in the his­tory of Amer­ican writing on the inses and outses of writing read­ably! So who does these days?

In the piece, I posted an image of the 1919 edi­tion of Strunk’s The El­e­ments Of Style and noted that I had found it on Jerry Morris’s My Sen­ti­mental Li­brary site. Jer­ry’s site was one of the few that had de­cent pho­tographs of these rare books on the Internet.

Last week I re­ceived a mes­sage from Mr Morris that he had re­ceived sev­eral new sub­scribers who he was able to trace back to my post above. I was pleased to know that my readers were ac­tu­ally taking my ad­vice and vis­iting rec­om­mended web­sites for fur­ther edification.

Mr Morris also in­formed me that he had picked Neal Umphred Dot Com as the ‘Blog of the Month’ on his Biblio-Connection site. Ex­cept for John Ross’s The Round Place In The Middle Site—but John and I have a mu­tual ad­mi­ra­tion thing hap­pening so it’s not the same—this is the first time any of my work has re­ceived such at­ten­tion from an­other blogger!




These are screen­shots of the Biblio-Connecting website.

So if you do give a damn about grammar and punc­tu­a­tion in the Eng­lish lan­guage and the beating(s) it has taken at the hands of tor­turous tex­ters, blovi­ating blog­gers, and other sadistic sages (in­cluding jour­nal­ists for ‘name’ web­sites who haven’t read The El­e­ments Of Style), then click on over to Jerry’s sites and subscribe.



FEATURED IMAGE: The photo at the top of this page is of Gene Clark. As there is nothing in the ar­ticle above dealing with rather rare records or the col­lecting of those records, I thought I’d give Gene a little space. Like hun­dreds of thou­sands of other teenagers who bought Co­lumbia 4-43271, Mr. Tam­bourine Man / I Knew I’d Want You, in early 1965, I was buying the record solely for the mes­mer­izing A-side. If the B-side was ever played on Top 40 radio in North­eastern Penn­syl­vania, I never heard it.

I hadn’t a clue what the flip-side was, nor did I re­ally care that much. I was taken aback when I fi­nally flipped the 45 over on my green plastic portable teenage mono record player: I Knew I’d Want You was al­most as good as Mr. Tam­bourine Man! I was hooked and be­came a life­long Gene Clark fan.

After leaving the Byrds in early 1966, he re­leased a fine solo album, GENE CLARK WITH THE GOSDIN BROTHERS (1967), that sold zip and was deleted within the year. He fol­lowed that with more ex­cep­tional al­bums: THE FANTASTIC EXPEDITION OF DILLARD & CLARK (1969), WHITE LIGHT (1971), and NO OTHER (1973). Un­for­tu­nately, Clark never seemed to be in the right place at the right time and his ca­reer never took off. He died in 1991, a broke-down, 47-year old, singer-songwriter who is more rec­og­nized now than at any time in his solo career.



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