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Over the years I’ve heard it all. Aside from how a book should look aesthetically and the level of investment that should go into a book, there’s all the writing advice. Preps shouldn’t start sentences. Commas should go here. Unfriend adverbs. Don’t use ‘em. And this one, parens shouldn’t be used in novels. But guess what? In one of the most popular novels in history, LOLITA by Nabokov, there are parens throughout. And good golly Miss Molly, to the typo counter. Personally, when I hear a reader counting abuses and typos in a book, one of two things is happening. Either the story isn’t singing or the reader isn’t reading. And yes, this includes my books too. As it would be, I come from the old-school, when the only thing that mattered was the content in the book. Roll back the tape and check out the yesteryear covers... such as Shakespeare’s rivulet of odes …and Austen’s winding tales…even Nabokov’s earlier versions of Lolita…and must I add one of the oldest tomes on the face of Earth;

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