I think I would like to keep my metaphoric comparison mostly because a lot
of (not all) academic writing resembles the Mac truck you describe.
And the comparison works because there is a value in bike-- it just doesn't
carry a lot of weight or go very far very fast. It means I can open up the
discussion to what is of value in the 5 paragrapher.
And even leaves some room to poke fun at some of the clunkier stuff in more
expansive kind of academic writing.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Susan Drain" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, October 28, 2005 11:08 AM
Subject: bicycles and Mac trucks
> May I respectfully urge Cathy to reconsider her simile? :-)
> Seems to me that a Mac trucks is much more like a five-paragraph essay,
> clunky, capable of running down and over anything in its path, and limited
> in its cargo space to certain dimensions and capacity. And both have
> certainly all the weight of capitalist commerce behind them.
> Bicycles by contrast are nimble and adaptive technologies, which come in
> different formats depending on the purpose and terrain in which they are
> used, and are highly responsive to both the rider and the environment.
> Susan Drain, PhD
> Department of English
> Mount Saint Vincent University
> Halifax, NS Canada B3M 2J6
> 902 457 6220
> [log in to unmask]
> To leave the list, send a SIGNOFF CASLL command to
> [log in to unmask] or, if you experience difficulties,
> write to Russ Hunt at [log in to unmask]
> For the list archives and information about the organization,
> its newsletter, and the annual conference, go to
To leave the list, send a SIGNOFF CASLL command to
[log in to unmask] or, if you experience difficulties,
write to Russ Hunt at [log in to unmask]
For the list archives and information about the organization,
its newsletter, and the annual conference, go to