Re: RARA-AVIS: Elmore Leonard in the NYT

Date: 20 Jul 2001

In a message dated 7/20/01 10:48:08 PM, writes:

<< Stephen King really (oops! an adverb!) lays down the law on adverbs in ON WRITING. But sometimes nothing else will do. >>

I agree with Bill Crider on this. I think Stephen King learned the lesson from Bill, actually (an ly word there). There are times when an adverb is completely necessary. But we have tended to overuse them. Hence the rise some years ago of the Tom Swifties, teaching us, yet again, not to overuse them. I post this message with the terrible fear that I shall have prompted a run on a trip down memory lane, and we shall be bombarded with Swifties, and I apologize to all in advance, she said nostalgically.

Jean Heller

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