Thursday Quotables: The Sense of Style

quotation-marks4I’m currently reading The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker, after reading So Many Books’ review.

It’s incredibly interesting, but also a very slow read. I’m slowly digesting a page or two at a time. Some parts are revelatory, and others — like this one — are just plain funny:

Like an actor with wooden delivery, a writer who relies on canned verbal formulas will break the spell. This is the kind of writer who gets the ball rolling in his search for th eholy grail, but finds that it’sneither a magic bullet nor a slam dunk, so he rolls with the punches and lets the chips fall where they may while seeing the glass as half-full, which iseasier said than done.

Avoid cliches like the plague — it’s a no-brainer.

Thursday Quotables is a weekly event hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies!
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8 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: The Sense of Style

  1. I love that! It applies in the work world as well as for writers. Nothing makes me tune out a speaker faster than hearing him/her talk incessantly about “pushing the envelope”, “setting the bar high”, and “clearing the decks”. Ugh. Great selection — I think I need this book!

    • everydayhas says:

      It’s slow going, but he makes a lot of interesting observations. Some of them more unusual/insightful than the quote above. I just thought that one was funny.

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