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For illustration, Hale hails Walt Whitman and Roger Angell, and rails upon Alexander Haig and the Gump's catalogue. She hauls in Joan Didion to make a case for writing in the first person, Mark Twain to promote the killing of adjectives, C.S. Lewis to advocate showing rather than telling, and Loudon Wainwright III to lament the abuse of the word like. But Hale has no problem making her own points. "Euphemisms," she says, "are for wimps." She dismisses a particularly heinous example of scholarly prose as "a bunch of big words thrown into an Osterizer." Even other grammarians don't escape her derision: "Get a grip," Hale says. "Hopefully as a sentence adverb is here to stay." But what distinguishes Sin and Syntax most is its enthusiasm for prose that takes risks. "Even if you have to check with a lawyer," says Hale, "isn't a kick-ass piece of writing worth the effort?" --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Witty, intelligent, and fun to read. Not only that, but it also includes lessons about grammar!Published 3 months ago by M B
This is a well-crafted book, with a lot of useful advice for writers. only one suggestion. It could really benefit from an update by author, as many of the topical references are... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Melinda D. Wiselka
I love this book. My original intention was to read some of it every day. Unfortunately, life gets in the way of how much I get to read. It's written very well. I love the humor.Published 8 months ago by Robin Bull
It's always a pleasure to dig into the mind of Constance Hale.Published 13 months ago by Alan J. Blair
I had to read this book for my Dual-Enrollment Engish class and I've learned a lot writing prose, I did.Published 15 months ago by Dionicio Contee