From a reader:
i occasionally read nro articles, and have noticed a disturbing, if not annoying, trend of some authors to overuse the (symbol: —— ).
i might be willing to concede the use of these ( —– ) is considered chic, but several nro pundits (as well as others) tend to grossly overuse this symbol. it’s annoying because it interupts sentence flow, slows and makes for choppy reading.
you, o’sullivan & lowry, i have noticed, are the worst violators.
wfb & o’bierne, for example, seem far less likely to insert these sentence disruptors.
i long for the day that basic punctuation symbols like the period & comma, for example, make a triumphant return.