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And now, an ominous mongoose

Dan Drezner links to an article by David Damrosch in the Chronicle of Higher Education, about how a scholar should write when he writes for a general—rather than a scholarly—audience. Damrosch describes his own experience:

The "Aha!" moment came when John Sterling, Holt's publisher, pointed to the opening of my first chapter. I had begun with a flourish, emphasizing the excitement created when a young curator at the British Museum first deciphered the Gilgamesh epic, with its seeming confirmation of the biblical story of the Flood: "When George Smith discovered the Flood story in the Epic of Gilgamesh in the fall of 1872, he made one of the most dramatic discoveries in the history of archaeology." Sterling ran his pen along these lines, but instead of praising this bold beginning, he tapped the page and asked, "Couldn't you make this opening just a bit more dramatic?"

Damrosch could, and did. The techniques he describes—grounding and worldbuilding through telling detail, talking up his quirky central character, a brilliant outsider burning with ambition and energy—are equally relevant to fiction writing.

An ominous mongoose, for instance, made an effective lead-in to a chapter on the Assyrian empire...


shiki(ru), shiki(rini)

meaning: frequently, frown

頻々== hinpin == (noun, adjective that takes な) frequently, very often
頻繁 == hinpan == (noun, adjective that takes な) frequency

Confused etymology. Left radical is 'walk' (歩). Right radical is 'head'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Frequently walk on one's head.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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