A reader writes:

I love your blog, but I think the Burke quote you used Friday is spurious. Here's a quick and dirty analysis of its appearances online and its provenance. I know this essay isn't the last word on the subject, and if you have better information I'd be very interested in hearing about it. In the past I've used the quote and this essay to start a conversation about evaluating sources with my freshman writing students. (The really bright ones pick up on the fact that this essay isn't peer reviewed, either.)

Thanks for the info. Whoever coined it, it still makes sense to me.

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