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The Sense of Style:The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

Steven Pinker

Linguist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Pinker (The Blank Slate, 2002) has written an entertaining book about the modern art of writing well. He wonders: Is the English language doomed by texting and social media? Do kids of today even care about good writing? If so much of our writing is so bad, how can we make it better? Armed with examples of great (and terrible) writing, Pinker tosses rule books like Strunk & White’s Elements of Style out the window, claiming that the science of language and the mind can help craft more coherent prose.