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Are the "Notes on Punctuation" by Lewis Thomas actually about punctuation? We were asked to "close read" it and I'm sure the author had other messages to get out other than punctuation. I looked Lewis Thomas up on google and found that he was quite into biology. Can anyone read those notes and give me his/her thoughts? I'm not trying to get anyone to do my homework, just see other's thoughts as I am quite curious about things like this.

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    Lewis Thomas wrote on many subjects. I believe that he intended this to be a humorous essay, as opposed to most very dry and boring explanations of punctuation.

    Other teachers may want to comment on this essay --

    http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jlawler/punctuation.html

    http://www.todayinsci.com/T/Thomas_Lewis/ThomasLewis-Quotations.htm

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    Oh, that first article is marvelous. You can tell in the first paragraph that it's intended to be humorous -- all those unclosed parenthetical statements -- until the end of the paragraph when he closes them all with multiple closing parenthesis marks!! The rest of that essay follows suit. How much fun is that?!

    And the quotations ... Love 'em!

    =)

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    I love his substitutions for punctuation marks.. they are a hoot! That essay is just plain fun. Some essays are only for that purpose... to take something totally without humor and play with it.

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    Where should quotation marks be place in the sentence below?

    Study your spelling, said Dad.

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    ,said,"Dad". Tanya you're an idiot,said,"the other student".

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