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