Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers


From An Angry Reader:

Angry Reader Rich Laughlin


Mr. Hanson, please try using sentences with less words. Most recently, I read one of your articles that had a sentence with 44 words. Other sentences in the same article were almost as bad. Really.

You are loosing me with those lengthy paragraphs that contain so many examples of organizations, groups, etc., etc. One or two would, in most cases, satisfy the message. And, I find I have to keep a dictionary nearby while reading some of your articles.

Less is good!


Rich Laughlin


Victor Davis Hanson’s Reply:

Dear Angry Reader Rich Laughlin,


Perhaps I should agree with your Callimachean advice: μέγα βιβλίον μέγα κακόν.



Victor Hanson

(and I do not get paid by the word, so my verbiage would be unprofitable and unnecessary).

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About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College, where he teaches each fall semester courses in military history and classical culture.

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