If you’ve ever battled an editor over punctuation, or found yourself calculating just how long it’d take to burn your copy of the Chicago Manual of Style, you’ll be delighted by this oldie-but-goodie blog post by Millions favorite Helen DeWitt.
"Secret societies, camorras, mafias, et al., have no place in a detective story. To be sure, the murderer in a detective novel should be given a sporting chance; but it is going too far to grant him a secret society to fall back on. No high-class, self-respecting murderer would want such odds." -From the much-quoted 1928 essay by SS Van Dine, noted art critic and mystery writer, on the 20 rules for writing detective stories. (via Guardian)