Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: Writing in the 21st Century

It's time for the Literary Addicts Weekly Meme where each week we answer the question: What are you currently reading? Once in a while, I like to check out books to help me improve my writing. I work in a library and noticed that the following book has just come out. I'm a stickler for good grammar and spelling, so this book looks like a great read to me!

The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
by Steven Pinker
About this book (from the Amazon page):
Bad writing can't be blamed on the Internet, or on "the kids today." Good writing has always been hard: a performance requiring pretense, empathy, and a drive for coherence. In The Sense of Style, cognitive scientist and linguist Steven Pinker uses the latest scientific insights to bring us a style and usage guide for the 21st century. What do skillful writers know about the link between syntax and ideas? How can we overcome the Curse of Knowledge, the difficulty in imagining what it's like not to know something we do? And can we distinguish the myths and superstitions from rules that enhance clarity and grace? As Pinker shows, everyone can improve their mastery of writing and their appreciation of the art (yes, "their").

CLICK HERE for links to the other bloggers participating in this meme to find out what they are reading! 

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  1. I have so many books on writing and this one sounds interesting. I'm going to add it to my list.

  2. I suffer from very bad grammar. My spelling is not that great either. This sounds like a good non fiction book.

  3. This sounds like a good book for everyone to improve on their grammar and spelling as well as writing style.


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