On the Present Tense
It is at least a decade ago and I am teaching a class on writing. I no longer do this. Even then it is rare. But this time I am. Earlier in the class, I state that in fiction the present tense should only be used when there is a compelling reason to do so. Otherwise, the past tense is best.
Now a student objects, “But present tense is so much more immediate!”
“The word you are searching for,” I say, “is distancing.”