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Trumpeter's statue in Guča, Serbia.

Trumpeter’s statue in Guča, Serbia.

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  1. larissa says:

    Hi, I think your blog is super interesting, awesome, cool, funny, modest, and intelligent. Oh hey, I just put a million adjectives one after another instead of composing actual sentences and developing ideas, which I’m sure makes my comment look extremely intelligent. I should at least use one example to back up my claim: I like that you say constant music defeats the purpose of music, for example. It is a narrative, and it’s difficult to imagine one could constantly listen to 20 narratives on end and actually take something away from it. About adjectives, isn’t it funny how people always think adjectives are the key to writing but actually overusing them/using them in the wrong way just makes you seem silly?

    Anyway, I honestly just had the best time reading your blog this evening. It reminded me of several other ideas I had and gave me fresh vigor (why did I choose that combination of words, I do not know!)

    P.S. I may not have read all of your entries/not read them carefully enough, but what are you studying/doing? Why did you learn Polish and Lithuanian? If I were to guess, I’d say you were an English major with a music minor, or vice versa…or wait, no, a Comparative Literature major.with a music minor? I’m intrigued. Don’t judge me by my blog because I haven’t written in it in a while, and deleted all my recent entries so grad schools wouldn’t see them.

    Have a great day,

    • Doctor Quack says:

      Hi Lara,

      It means a lot to me that you enjoyed reading my blog so much. Sometimes writing a blog makes me feel like a shameless narcissist, but all too often I write with no feedback whatsoever and it’s as if I’m talking to the wind (although today I inexplicably got 40 comments with I think doubled my comment count of the previous year – I’m not sure that happened), so I value your positive and negative input and it encourages me to keep writing.

      So, are you implying that adjectives are like music? The more adjectives you string together, the less they mean individually? I’d never thought about it that way – although I’ve always found more than two cumbersome.

      As for my studies, I’m currently studying for Masters in Music Composition. As an undergrad, I studied Music and Central/East European Languages and Culture.

      I look forward to reading your blog. Have a nice evening.

      • larissa says:

        I also just wanted to add to my comment that in a way, adjectives are like cliches: however, that does not prevent me from using them because sometimes that is simply the most genuine way to express oneself! Sometimes, a cliche happens to really say exactly what we want to say. There is a certain honesty to it. Well anyway, I do apologize…I’m just rambling on and on.

        Have a great evening,

  2. larissa says:

    By the way, I apologize for the weird hyperlinks with stuff about ipods, I honestly have no idea how that happened.

  3. larissa says:

    Hello Dr. Quack,

    Well, I’m not sure if you know, but your blog is on the homepage of wordpress (surely you must know!) which is how I happened to bump into it, as well as your other 40 commentators. Yes, I do mean that in general adjectives are actually pretty meaningless when strung together. I’m not sure if I really dare to make this claim, but I actually just think that in general adjectives are not good for writing or expression unless they come as part of a more developed sentence/idea, so to say that someone’s blog is interesting, nice, or funny really doesn’t say much and is a rather lazy way to phrase it. It would be better to take an example and clarify it with some sort of personal comment. Maybe adjectives are actually a bit impersonal, in that sense; they are convenient words you could use to apply to anyone, whereas this would not be true if I crafted an entire sentence that applies only to one person and what they are like. Certainly, the more one uses the more meaningless they become because they are just such general and non-specific words to begin with, as a group. The rule for “show, don’t tell” in writing really can be extended to adjectives as well, because they simply tell rather than show or illuminate what something/someone is like.

    That’s a very interesting combination of studies! I’m sure you get asked this question somewhat often, but what do you plan to do with your MA and BA? I couldn’t decide between music and literature so I chose Comp. Lit., which allows me to really just do both–it is more literature-heavy though, of course, so I miss studying music formally.


    • Doctor Quack says:

      You know, it’s interesting how differently a sentiment can be expressed via adjectives or “showing, not telling.” One of my favorite authors (who I quote extensively in this blog), Milan Kundera, has an amazing ability to express the most complex beautiful thoughts in mere few words. It’s hard for me to explain how, but now when I read verbose 19th century writers, I can’t stand how long they take to explain a simple concept. Sometimes I wonder if brevity cheats us out of language, or if it actually increases the value of that language.

      Anyway, I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do with my Masters. What aspect of music were you in?

  4. scrunchylips says:

    yea – I saw your blog on word pressed page and its lovely!
    Keep blogging!

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