Dec 132014
 

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Finally time to do some (late) spring cleaning.  Made some book piles to give away, some to take to the used book store, and the books in the pic will find a new home at the landfill. It is hard to part with books I have had for 30+ years but it will make my dear wife happy (and I will probably never miss them except that fewer of my book shelves will be double stacked).

I have had some of these books for more than 30 years and they have moved with us but it is time to say goodbye. :`(


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Dec 102014
 

The Sense of Style.
Steven Pinker.
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Not sure where this book was recommended to me but am thouroughly enjoying it.

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  • Sense of Style by Steven Pinker

  • Book Info

    The Sense of Style: the Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century!
    by Steven Pinker
    Publisher: Viking
    Published: 09/30/2014
    ISBN-10: 0670025852
    ISBN-13: 978-0670025855
    Started: 12/05/2014
    Source: Mid-Columbia Library
    Format: Hardback

    Publisher Synopsis

    A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker

    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, the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first 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.

     


    Author Info
    Steven Pinker is one of the world's leading authorities on language and the mind. His popular and highly praised books include The Stuff of Thought, The Blank Slate, Words and Rules, How the Mind Works, and The Language Instinct. The recipient of several major awards for his teaching, books, and scientific research, Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He also writes frequently for The New York Times, Time, The New Republic, and other magazines.