How to Talk Right

Is there really a right way of talking? Can we actually know how to listen and respond accurately? Is there a hope our conversations won’t end up frustratingly empty, banal, or worse yet, useless? Paul Grice proposed four maxims by which we can gauge conversations. Before you frown or get cynical, give his maxims a […]

Say More, Sailor

“Come, I’ll drop you off,” Khaled insisted. “No, Julie’s taking a cab with me. I’ll drop her off on my way to Abu Dhabi,” Zi replied for me. “Are you sure, Julie?” Kavee whispered “I’ll be fine,” forcing a blank face. All my colleagues left except for me and Zi. “Zi, don’t deprive me of […]