March 8th, 2020

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The n turns out to be 35. Or 36. (link) Thirty-six tweets to contain a message that you want to write. This is such a deliberate fight with the medium that is unsuited for long-form, richly formatted, well-argued texts.

The driving factor here, of course, is reach. She is not content with talking to herself and a handful of followers — she wants to broadcast her speech to as many people as possible; hence Twitter.

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Edgar Poe:
The dash gives the reader a choice between two, or among three or more expressions, one of which may be more forcible than another, but all of which help out the idea.

It never occurred to me before that the word between, since it derives from a cognate of two, was strictly supposed to be used only when applied to two objects.