Desk Notes explores writing, travel, and literature.

Who writes Desk Notes?

I’m Charles Schifano, and I’m a writer and teacher. The best way to read my new writing is through Desk Notes. If you are passionate about language, I think that you will enjoy Desk Notes.

Here are a few of the most read issues:

  • SoundlessNothing makes you doubt the merits of a music education more than a neighbor who takes up the violin.

  • The Problem With Contemporary WritingTo care about the state and quality of writing today is to scream into a void while knowing that the void does nothing but laugh.

  • Punctuation Here’s a question that you can’t answer: what is punctuation?

Language is the foundation of Desk Notes, but there’s no limit to the scope.

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Exploring writing, travel, and literature.