I’m not going to explain my writing style, but I should say that the liberties I take with punctuation, syntax, and spelling are deliberate and purposeful. Even in the following short-short you’ll find combined words, spliced sentences, and omitted commas and hyphens. I’m not the first or only one to do these things, but I do them in my own way. My lifetime of reading and my 18 years of teaching college-level composition and literature as well as my 16 years of teaching philosophy have given me a fine appreciation of our English language. Like hair, it’s beautiful when combed, but it can be awfully meaningful when tousled.