The Sense Of Style: The Thinking Person?s Guide To Writing In The 21st Century

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The Sense Of Style: The Thinking Person?s Guide To Writing In The 21st Century

by Steven Pinker

Viking Adult | September 30, 2014 | Hardcover

The Sense Of Style: The Thinking Person?s Guide To Writing In The 21st Century is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
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 knowhow, 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.57 × 5.8 × 1.17 in

Published: September 30, 2014

Publisher: Viking Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670025852

ISBN - 13: 9780670025855

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb insights and practical advice This book applies the results of modern research in neuroscience, cognition and much else to longstanding questions of grammar and style. It is as clear and humorous as the best style books should be, and full of practical discussion and vivid examples. Full of wit and wisdom.
Date published: 2014-11-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Difficult Read I bought this book as I write extensively in my work and thought this book would provide interesting insight into clearer writing. I must say, it was steeped in grammar theory and not very useful. In fact, I found the book far from clear, ironically. But, perhaps that's just me.
Date published: 2014-11-18

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The Sense Of Style: The Thinking Person?s Guide To Writing In The 21st Century

by Steven Pinker

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.57 × 5.8 × 1.17 in

Published: September 30, 2014

Publisher: Viking Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670025852

ISBN - 13: 9780670025855

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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 knowhow, 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.

About the Author

Steven Pinker is the Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of many awards for his research, teaching, and books, he has been named one of Time''s 100 Most Influential People in the World Today and Foreign Policy''s 100 Global Thinkers.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Sense of Style “Forget Strunk and White’s rules—cognitive science is a surer basis for clear and cogent writing, according to this iconoclastic guide from bestselling Harvard psycholinguist Pinker... Every writer can profit from—and every writer can enjoy—Pinker’s analysis of the ways in which skillfully chosen words engage the mind.” — Publishers Weekly (starred)   “Yet another how-to book on writing? Indeed, but this is one of the best to come along in many years, a model of intelligent signposting and syntactical comportment…Pinker''s vade mecum is a worthy addition to any writer’s library.” — Kirkus Reviews   “In this witty and practical book on the art of writing, Pinker applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the crafting of clear, elegant prose: #requiredreading.” — Publishers Weekly, PW pick Fall 2014 Announcements   “Who better than a best-selling linguist and cognitive scientist to craft a style guide showing us how to use language more effectively?” — Library Journal   “[A] dense, fascinating analysis of the many ways communication can be stymied by word choice, placement, stress, and the like. [Pinker’s] explanations run rich and deep, complemented by lists, cartoons, charts on diagramming sentences, and more.” — Booklist   “This book is a graceful and clear smackd
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