While I agree with a couple of your points, especially rule six, I have to say I am deeply disappointed that my own article was once again ignored by a writer who chose to write his own open letter in the form of a listicle that rants against listicles.

How dare you, sir! Take you me for a sponge? (BTW, Act 4, Scene 2 of Hamlet is really quite funny)

There are so many levels of self-conscious reflections, I feel like I have been lost in the Odyssey, where Odysseus has to tell his story to each person he meets, and in doing so (as was the ancient custom) describe the lineage of each person involved in the telling of the story of him telling the story of his travels to the person he meets, who then gets added to the list as the story progresses.

The thing I desperately want to hear is your meandering story. One of our more popular woman writers is a master of this style, and no one has said a word about it.

In the meantime, I suggest you look at your anger issues (rule #7, sprinkling gratuitous “fucks” throughout an article to make it appear edgy) by reading this wildly popular parody of self-help articles written by a self described quasi-pseudo psychologist who teaches people about their anger by ranting angrily.

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