The sense of style : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century / Steven Pinker.
New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
viii, 359 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Formatted Contents Note
Good writing A window onto the world The curse of knowledge The web, the tree, and the string Arcs of coherence Telling right from wrong.
Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care? In The Sense of Style, linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the 21st century, Pinker doesn't carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose. In this short, cheerful, and eminently practical book, Pinker shows how writing depends on imagination, empathy, coherence, grammatical know-how, and an ability to savor and reverse engineer the good prose of others. He replaces dogma about usage with reason and evidence, allowing writers and editors to apply the guidelines judiciously, rather than robotically, being mindful of what they are designed to accomplish. Filled with examples of great and gruesome prose, Pinker shows us how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages -338) and index.
KF250 .P56 2014
0670025852 (hardback) 9780670025855 (hardback) 9780525427926 (export edition)