we've got an unquenchable thirst in our throats. (ioianthe) wrote,
we've got an unquenchable thirst in our throats.
ioianthe

So...

I'm using a New York Times article for a research paper and all I can think is "Why is this woman allowed to write for the times?" Like, seriously. Some of the worst writing I have encountered in a long time but the article has some really useful information for the angle of my paper so I can't just discount it... UUUUGH! Some winners:

"Thus inspired, she completed her Ph.D., showing, to the shock of herself and the entire scientific community, that humans and chimpanzees have more than 99 percent of their DNA in common."

"Dr. King, who is 47, is an unreclaimed liberal, and she is delighted that her headquarters, wedged in the middle of a building devoted to forestry science, has a bit of history to it."

"She won her greatest fame by working in Argentina with a human rights group, the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, attempting to reunite, with their families, children who were kidnapped in the 1970's and early 1980's by the Argentinian military junta."

ALL HAIL THE QUEEN OF COMMAS AND AWKWARD RUN ON SENTENCES!


"Yet in spite of it all, she manages to look young for her age, with a slab of dark hair that seems almost immobilized by its own thickness. Doesn't she ever feel overwhelmed? "Of course I feel overwhelmed!" she said, her voice rising up in a whoop ever so slightly reminiscent of Julia Child.

"What does being overwhelmed have to do with it?" She walks and talks so swiftly that by comparison one feels trapped in resin. Not a Bloodless Drone

"She's insightful, irreverent, energetic, a wonderful antidote to the notion people have of scientists as lifeless, bloodless drones," said Dr. Eric Lander, a molecular biologist at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, who is an old friend. "

PLEASE NOTICE THE SENTENCE FRAGMENT WITH THE LACK OF PUNCTUATION AND RANDOM CAPITALIZATION, MISPLACED MODIFIERS AND RANDOM SLIGHTLY INAPPROPRIATE OBSERVATIONS!


Look, guys I'm not usually too critical of others writing. I know I make a lot of grammar faux pas myself. But! She writes for the mother fucking New York Times. I did a little research and found out she once wrote an article "Ew, don't touch it: Why is nature sometimes so ugly?" And now she writes for the New York Times. Not a Bloodless Drone
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