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On those days of self-doubt


You are being arrested for impersonating a writer.* You have the right to stop writing and refuse to publish. If you give up the right to stop writing, anything you write can and will be used against you on publication. You have the right to consult a graphic designer and an editor before publishing and to have them present during publication now or in the future. If you cannot afford a graphic designer and an editor they may be appointed for you before publication if you wish. If you decide to publish now without a graphic designer and an editor present, you will still have the right to stop publishing at any time until you seek their advice. Knowing and understanding your rights as I have explained them to you, are you willing to publish without a graphic designer and an editor present?


*Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution restricts readers from using a writer's statements made in response to interrogation as evidence at their publication unless they can show that the writer was informed of the right to consult with a graphic designer and an editor before and during self-publication and that the writer not only understood these rights but also voluntarily waived them.


Miranda was convicted in 1967 and sentenced to serve 20 to 30 years. The Supreme Court of Arizona affirmed, and the United States Supreme Court denied review. Miranda was paroled in 1972. After his release, he returned to his old neighbourhood and made a modest living autographing police officers' ‘Miranda cards’ that contained the text of the warning for reading to arrestees. Miranda was stabbed to death during an argument in a bar on January 31, 1976. You couldn’t write this stuff!



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