Editors and traditionalists will tell you the long dash (aka: em dash) is the literary merging of herpes and Marjorie Taylor Greene's voice. Editors and traditionalists are wrong.
That Public Enemy review is one of the best things I have read in a while.
This is why I subscribe—especially this type of article. :).
So funky--I've been grappling lately about what I fear is my over-use of the em dash. I've striven to reduce their usage, including the shift to a comma here and there, and well, perhaps not everywhere, but in more places. I especially resort to em dashes in emails. Along with my consternation over my overuse of ellipses....well, let's just say that you've struck a chord, Jeff. Thanks also for the truth that the easy visibility of em dashes is, indeed, --indeed!--one reason that their over-use is mitigated. Apologies for the passive tense. Topic for another day. Along with incomplete sentences.