A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times best-selling 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 best-selling 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. 

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  1. Anonymous

    English Majors and Writers Will Enjoy The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven PinkerThe Sense of Style is a scholarly and witty book on the art of writing well. Bestselling author, linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker provides readers with a new writing-guide for the twenty-first century. He breaks down grammar rules and challenges purists on the best use of language. This challenging 368-page book includes the following six chapters: 1. Good Writing, 2. A…

  2. Anonymous

    Plesant, diverting, expected more Pleasant, diverting, and I agreed with almost all of his opinions on how to write clearly and well. The description of the book on Amazon makes it clear what it is about, so I am probably about to be unfair. But, I was expecting something much more interesting from the author of the Blank Slate, Better Angels, and several books about language acquisition. If you are already a good writer, this book will only reinforce your opinions about your craft; it will not teach you anything new. By…

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