I've been looking for the magic
*the "micropolis," a word I've got to use in a story one of these days
**to quote from some of my own 1-stars
*** but understand painfully well when one of our friends does
****That guy in the back who just said, "Yeah, you" -- thanks, I think
*****I used it sometimes as a text when I taught theatre history; not only does it give a very accurate picture of 18th century London theatre, students actually read it
****** for radio call-in self-help, or an advice column, this would be phrased as "I have this old friend ..."
******* And I've heard from several of the others that they did too. For a while there in the 90s it was Gritfest among youngish white male SF writers