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The Resource The sense of style : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century!, Steven Pinker

The sense of style : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century!, Steven Pinker

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The sense of style : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century!
Title
The sense of style
Title remainder
the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century!
Statement of responsibility
Steven Pinker
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • " 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 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 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"--
  • "Pinker has a lot of ideas and sometimes controversial opinions about writing and in this entertaining and instructive book he rethinks the usage guide for the 21st century. Don't blame the internet, he says, good writing has always been hard. It requires imagination, taking pleasure in reading, overcoming the difficult we all have in imaging what it's like to not know something we do know"--
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  • Provided by publisher
  • Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
808/.042
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PE1421
LC item number
.P56 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The sense of style : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century!, Steven Pinker
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Glossary (pages 309-318)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-338) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 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
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
viii, 359 pages
Isbn
9780670025855
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014004509
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn914876910
Label
The sense of style : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century!, Steven Pinker
Publication
Note
Glossary (pages 309-318)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-338) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 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
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
viii, 359 pages
Isbn
9780670025855
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014004509
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn914876910

Library Locations

    • Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, US
      40.249156 -111.649242
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