Tag Archives for David Foster Wallace

Book Pick: ‘Quack This Way’

At one point in Quack This Way: David Foster Wallace & Bryan A. Garner Talk Language and Writing (2013), Wallace suggests that usage dictionaries are perfect bathroom readers because the entries have the appeal of trivia, are brief, and connect with usages the reader will inevitably encounter soon thereafter. While Garner’s usage dictionary is one of […]

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Book Pick: ‘Do I Make Myself Clear?’ by Harold Evans

Too often people perceive the work of editors as so much pedantry or needless fussiness. But editors help authors communicate to their audience, and, as Harold Evans demonstrates in Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters, writing well does matter—and sometimes it even saves lives.     Emotional Response I did not expect […]

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