11 May 2014

The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

Steve Pinker's next book will be entitled The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. I look forward to it.
For an interview with Pinker, see the Harvard Gazette article entitled What could be more interesting than how the mind works?’.

Towards the end, Pinker makes some interesting comments on 'the curse of knowledge' which "prevents us from fully appreciating what it’s like to be a student or a reader". Pinker's 'us' refers to teachers, but the same approach applies equally well to technical journalism and the translation thereof or, in a nutshell, about how to see your readers.
The final passages of Pinker's interview are remarkable in many respects. Clear. Refreshing. Insightful.
Recommended reading for all, but more particularly for anyone over 40 who has expressed doubt about a younger generation.

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