I had a great post in mind for today, but it’s a long one and I just don’t have time to write it up properly. So I’m going to put it off for a week or two. Instead, for today, I’m going to let you, the reader, make the call. That is, I’m soliciting suggestions from readers for post topics you would like to see addressed by me or by some other W&T contributor in a future post.
Here are some general categories you might consider:
- And now for something completely different. Maybe there is a topic or issue you are interested in but have never seen addressed here at W&T. That’s hard to believe, given there have been about a thousand W&T posts by dozens of contributors over the years, but it is still possible we missed something interesting.
- The rest of the story. Maybe there is a topic or historical episode that has been discussed a time or two, but there is more to the story or an angle to the topic that you would like to see discussed. Or maybe some other LDS blog addressed a topic and just botched it. Maybe we can fix it.
- Change my mind. Perhaps you aren’t simply interested in a topic but you have your own strong opinion on that topic that you want to see defended or critiqued. Stand and deliver. Your English teacher would have called this a thesis sentence (as opposed to the meek and mild topic sentence). In legal writing, I’ve seen this called a Bold Assertion. Don’t hide it on page six, put it right up front in the first sentence. Don’t write, “Let’s talk about why my client is innocent.” Instead, start your brief with: “It is simply impossible that my client, who was 17 miles away at the time of the crime and has never fired a gun in his life, could have plunked three rounds into the victim’s torso at a distance of thirty yards, in the dark.” So: Make a bold assertion. Go ahead, make my day.
- Asking for a friend. Perhaps it’s not your claim you want defended or critiqued, but you overheard some off-the-wall claim or statement about LDS doctrine, history, or culture from the crazy uncle at your last family reunion, or from a friend who grew up in Utah (ground zero for most of the crazy stuff), or from a seminary or institute teacher. It sounds farfetched or unlikely, but with LDS doctrine you just never know. Please share. We’ll run it through the W&T ringer and see what comes out.