Certainty and style

  1. All statements of certainty should be judged with a critical eye (including this one).
  2. A good reader brings disbelief to the text.
  3. A good writer does not supply what the reader brings.
  4. The writer is certain when nothing is certain.
  5. Certainty becomes shorthand for uncertainty.

That nothing is certain and everything changes are so self-evident there’s no need to be equivocal when writing.