I recently came across a journal entry from college where I described how a dear friend, after watching me obsessively edit an email for several hours, told me I shouldn’t be allowed to have an email address.
It’s true that throughout my life I’ve embarrassed myself by spending huge amounts of time trying to be perfect, and I’d like to think that working as a copy editor allows me to exploit this tendency while also challenging me to be efficient. It also provides me with the opportunity to learn all sorts of things about the English language and to read lots of interesting writing.
Since the time of that journal entry, I’ve graduated from NYU and worked several jobs in the arts and education fields in New York City. I still have an email address (several, in fact), and that friend and I are still quite close.
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