April 6, 2002
He tells me I write well, in a way that suggests that his opinion is something to be valued and his words are definitive and I should be flattered. And yes, there is no doubt about the fact that he has a good command of language and grammar And yet, so often he seems to have so little to say, apart from criticising those who don’t have the same skill, or meet his standards. He makes arbitrary rules about what should be written, and apologises when he breaks them. But does anyone, apart from him, really care?