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Men and women just can't stop arguing - even in fictional life!

Thanks to Rich Lopez for sending me this interesting anecdote from a writing school...


Remember the book "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus"?

Here's a prime example offered by an English professor from the University
of Phoenix:

"Today we will experiment with a new form called the tandem story. The
process is simple. Each person will pair off with the person sitting to
his or her immediate right. As homework tonight, one of you will write
the first paragraph of a short story. You will e-mail your partner that
paragraph and send another copy to me.

The partner will read the first paragraph and then add another paragraph
to the story and send it back, also sending another copy to me. The
first person will then add a third paragraph, and so on back-and-forth.
Remember to re-read what has been written each time in order to keep the
story coherent. There is to be absolutely NO talking outside of the
e-mails and anything you wish to say must be written in the e-mail. The