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Brenda Looper

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Assistant Voices Editor

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Recent Stories by Brenda Looper

On the offense

posted: 03/25/2015 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Many are well aware of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's famous line from his concurring opinion in a pivotal case on pornography: "I know it when I see it." Copy editors are often called the readers' last line of defense, but I've always assigned an additional task to myself when editing: Think dirty before the readers do ... because, believe me, they will.

Of few(er) words

posted: 03/18/2015 2:52 a.m. Discuss

There were things I definitely missed while I was out of the office. What does a word nerd do when she can't talk about words because her brain's not working quite right?

Road to recovery

posted: 03/11/2015 2:54 a.m. Comments 4

I must say I'm sorry, dear readers, for not being here. Sure, some have likely done happy dances (I'm looking at you, Mr. Anonymous), but some have worried (thank you).

Columnists: The new civil war

posted: 03/04/2015 3:03 a.m. Discuss

Note to readers: I'm taking some time off. The original version of this column appeared Jan. 8, 2014.

A healthy dose

posted: 02/25/2015 2:57 a.m. Discuss

Note to readers: I'm taking a little time off to try to breathe without coughing up a lung (it seems I need my lungs), so rather than make you read the weirdness that comes from little sleep and mistyping, I looked through my old columns. The original version of this one ran Feb. 26, 2014. Hopefully next week I'll be back to my usual wisecracking self.

Cocoa and contemplation: Weight of words

posted: 02/18/2015 3:05 a.m. Discuss

Icy weather like what we've just had tends to lead to a bit of introspection for me. Or just random weird thoughts ... like why normally sane people in broadcasting go completely Super Bowl/Wrestlemania fan on the air sometimes.

Misquote mischief?

posted: 02/11/2015 3:02 a.m. Comments 10

Every day I get letters containing myriad quotes, some of which are easily confirmed or debunked because they're used--and misused--so much. It's gotten to the point that I can pinpoint where the writer got his information because of a much-repeated misquote (or completely made-up one).

A slip of the tongue

posted: 02/04/2015 3:03 a.m. Comment 1

The thing that seemed to most upset a lot of people about the state taking over the Little Rock School District wasn't that a state agency was sticking its nose into local business. Oh, no.

A matter of trust

posted: 01/28/2015 3:06 a.m. Discuss

Often in the course of my job, I find numerous "facts" that aren't facts at all.

Questionable intent

posted: 01/21/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Some days are chock full of fun for me, between goofy email jokes from readers and the occasional anonymous ranter. I do love to laugh.

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