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Hi, I'm Dan, a Wikipedian since 2007. Feel free to wander around my userspace. I did a lot of rewriting and copyediting in my previous law job, and now that I've got some free time ... I spend it doing the same thing.
No place for beginners or sensitive hearts
when sentiment is left to chance
No place to be ending, but somewhere to start
Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group ... people from divergent ethnic and cultural backgrounds [are] working in some sense together – surely a humanizing and character building experience.
You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles.
We choose [these things], not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win
People often ask me why I followed my 2011 book on the history of violence, The Better Angels of Our Nature, with a writing style manual. I like to say that after having written 800 pages on torture, rape, world war, and genocide, it was time to take on some really controversial topics like fused participles, dangling modifiers, and the serial comma.