Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief.
– William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Brevity is defined as concise and exact use of words in writing or speech; in a sense, the way I have started to write in recent years. But why? I do not know.
As a senior in high school, I was advanced into the Honors English class which was hand-picked by . We were instructed to write poetry, as well as prose, and there came a time when I became amused by the difference. With poetry, the goal is to combine as many details and communication into the smallest number of words possible, whereas with prose, the goal is usually the opposite. Brevity was the deciding factor between good writing, and an inadequate attempt to simply complete the assignment.
The State of the City Community Breakfast works because everyone is in sync with the goal and the guiding hand of the producer is clear on what the essence of the event is.
Writing in quantity was something that has been the basis of any modern collegiate career; typically a professor will prefer quantity over quality, and in doing so, the student will typically fill-up their papers with useless details and fluff. I often question the archaic ways in which professors will often require a specific number of pages to be the minimum. I have had at least one professor specify an approved font list, along with acceptable margins and font pitch guidelines to make their judgment of length an easier task. With such restrictions, it is a miracle that I actually passed such a class without losing my mind.
In creating an event that contains the right amount of dignity and ceremony without becoming a drudgery of wasted time and energy, it is important to have a group that is as talented and dedicated as the group that works on the State of the City Community Breakfast.