Denny’s Daily Zinger: I Missed a Period
In my Sept. 10 "Zinger" I wrongfully accused New York Times journalist Helene Cooper of creating an unreadable sentence of 76 words.
In actuality, she wrote two very difficult sentences of 36 words and 40 words respectively.
I missed a period.
My apologies to Helene Cooper and apologies to all readers.
And many thanks to the 12 readers who took the time to write in and set me straight.
Two Problems …
- When the column was published, Peggy and I were on a Rhone riverboat touring vineyards in southern France.
Wi-Fi on the ship was 5 euros an hour and spotty. I discovered my error, tried to email Thorin McGee, my editor, got nowhere and said "the hell with it.
- I don't multitask.
I read a sad Wall Street Journal piece—"Sneaking Away to Email? Why CEOs Loathe Vacation."
The subhead: "Many Bosses Say They Can't Afford to Unplug Even for a Short Time."
The gist of the story is massive insecurity—fear of coming home to find someone else sitting at their desk or simply not being missed.
I went to France to get my head out of the business. And for one horrible day, I was deep into it.
So I cut the umbilical cord and declared temporary email bankruptcy.
Sixteen-year-old Allison Miller sends and receives 27,000 texts a week and can carry on up to seven conversations at once.
Thank you for your patience.
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