Congratulations to Raffaella Silvestri on the correct use of the word gantlet in her New York Times editorial today. So many writers confuse the two words, and use them incorrectly; mainly they use gauntlet, which is a glove, to mean running in between two opposing forces. A gantlet is two parallel lines of track, and should be used when speaking or writing about challenges dealing with opposing forces.
When one wants to fight a duel, throw down a gauntlet.
Writing fiction today can be a challenge and many facts need to be checked. I compare the lightweight tomes of today to the classics, and find that War and Peace is pretty fascinating, especially after re visiting it after 60 years. It makes some fiction of today seem pretty fluffy.
I guess 60 years worth of reading makes it pretty easy now for me, and it won’t take me three months to plow through it.