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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307719588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307719584
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“The book in my hands just might be the least useful writing aid ever compiled…But then, of course, that’s exactly the point…Pull[s] apart words and sentences with a strange blend of cleverness and sophomoric humor…A lot of writers and editors have little reason to laugh these days; thank goodness we’ve got something here.”
—NewYorker.com

"Anyone who has ever searched for le mot juste will laugh — what's the word? — hysterically...Write More Good makes the death of journalism funnier than it has any right to be (while potentially hastening it along)."
—NPR

"Succeeds both as one funny book and also as a crash course in how to get fired from any job requiring you to submit writing for publication...Readers who enjoy humor in the vein of The Onion will love this book, a kind of unholy love child of William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White's The Elements of Style and The Daily Show...For those who like their humor with a little bite."
Library Journal (starred review)

"It’s a brain-exploding mix of Dave Barry meets Borowitz meets the original AP Stylebook, and while the results aren’t always pretty, they are pretty funny."
—Tom Chandler, The Writer Underground

"Write More Good aims to embrace the lowering standards of the written word. It's so funny I could cry."
—Chron.com (Houston Chronicle)

“I would like to praise the authors for not doing what anyone else in the Internet Age would have done, which is simply cutting and pasting together a slew of tweets, calling it a book, and raking in the dough from Old Media.”
—Roger Ebert

“Write More Good is your AP Stylebook unshaven and hungover after the latest round of media layoffs. Editors, writers, and sticklers will enjoy the satire, but the poop jokes are for everyone.”
—Jeff Deck, coauthor of The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time
 
“You can read Write More Good simply for laughs: Its expanded hits of @FakeAPStylebook wit and humor will have you reading it aloud to cubicle neighbors. But if you aspire to truly great writing—whether you’re a hopeful author, a professional editor, or a celebrity who just pays someone—well, you’re definitely going to need a different book.”
—Carol Fisher Saller, author of The Subversive Copy Editor

About the Author

THE BUREAU CHIEFS count among their number journalists, artists, a librarian,
an English professor, even a lawyer (affirmative action!). Ken Lowery and Mark
Hale are the founders of the Twitter feed @FakeAPStylebook, which they and the
Bureau Chiefs update several times a day.

Customer Reviews

We grabbed this book and just started laughing.
Jeremy Williams
Even if you're not a writer, you're affected by these styles as they dictate what you read in media stories.
Thomas Duff
Note: This is a parody review, but the book really is VERY funny.
DanicusRex

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
As a writer, there are certain "rules" you're supposed to follow in terms of style. Even if you're not a writer, you're affected by these styles as they dictate what you read in media stories. A couple of guys decided to take some liberties with those guidelines and created a Twitter account named fakeapstylebook to parody the rules, and that led to this book... Write More Good: An Absolutely Phony Guide by The Bureau Chiefs. If you've ever had to write an article for some publication (and you have a sense of humor), this is a great parody that offers plenty of laughs and hits close to the truth on more than one occasion.

Contents:
News & Headline Writing & You & Journalism
Politics: When The Horse Race Lasts 30 Months
Entertainment: The Glitz, The Glamour, The Death of the Superego
Sex: Ew
Religion
Sports: The Sport of Kings
The Shiny Money Box, Or, Technology and the Death of All Paper
Science (and the Blinding By Thereof)
Pseudoscience and the Supernatural: Ya Rly
Weapons and the Military: Shoot First, Then Ask Questions About Shooting
Citation and Attribution: Do Not Hit the Snooze Button
Punctuation and Grammar: LOL
Media Law: You Are So Screwed
The Morgue: The Dead Live!
The Ghost of Basics Past
Glossary

Each chapter starts out with a few snide comments about the topic, slides into the "basics" along with related detail that spares nothing and no one, and then ends with a topic glossary that is far more interesting than any other glossary you've ever read. Do you want to be an entertainment writer? Learn how to become a blogging review quote machine so you'll get free tickets and videos! Sports writer? Get a nickname and a stance, and then market yourself shamelessly!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John J. Nevins on April 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
In her TRANSGRESSIVE GRAMMAR Valerie Greenberg writes that "Transgressing grammar boundaries is a subversive undertaking since it is likely to violate the sanctuaries of accepted modes of expression. Among the most fortified boundaries have been those between the proper grammar and writers."

The pseudonymous and possibly fictional members of The Bureau Chiefs, who may or may not be members of a cabal of sinister brains in a jar, have little but contempt for the Greenbergs of the world. in the view of The Bureau Chiefs, grammar, syntax and usage were put there for a reason, young lady, and so you should leave them alone. No, you heard me the first time. Leave them alone. Do it, young lady, or we're going home right now.

Sadly, too many new writers follow Greenberg's lead and are dedicated to transgressing boundaries, both through the daring application of a tattoo to the small of their back and through the subversive use of willfully incorrect spelling, grammar, and syntax. Too many new writers think, because Henry James was an O.G. pimp hustler when it came to usage, that they, too, can flaunt the rules with no more regard for them than for the poor television commercials they fast forward through on their way to the next segment of My Little Pony.

Thank heavens for The Bureau Chiefs! They have finally taken a stand against the nonsense that has taken hold of the writerly world since 1894. They have finally said, "Enough! The line is drawn...here!"

Thanks to WRITE MORE GOOD, anyone, from a bored six year old to middle aged bloggers, can learn how to write pellucid prose so clean you could eat off it and so professional that even Eustace Tilley would embrace it, weeping.

The book also cleared up my Treponema pallidum. But that may have just been coincidence.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Joe Cucinotti on April 5, 2011
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This book is an absolute revelation. I used to have inverted nipples but now, thanks to @fakeAPStylebook, they're normal again!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Heard on July 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
I had more fun reading this book than an overseas traveling American businessman with two Thai ladyboys. I've been a journalist for well over 20 years and found much of the Bureau Chiefs' sarcastic, cynical humour a little closer to the truth than perhaps some may realize. For example, the bit on sourcing in the Politics chapter (pg. 31) is intended to be funny, but is probably really accurate in news: "Source on the inside" is defined as a "drunk guy at a bar ranting about something he heard someone say on 'the Hill.' No actual conversation required."

There are also the grade school jokes that we, as journalists, embrace and love. Lots of fart jokes, references to robots, sex, your mom, the Roman numeral for 509 (look it up) and pithy, vague references akin to Dennis Miller on ether. It's fun.

It made me a gooder writer. I plan to apply all that was teached me in my future newspaper stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maryann Miller on May 3, 2011
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I loved this book. It made me laugh so hard in places that I woke up my cat who was napping by my computer. The cat is used to all kinds of noises, the clack of the keyboard, the announcement, "You've got mail" and the ring of the telephone. What he isn't used to is a loud snort accompanied by coffee splattering all over his resting place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Williams on April 24, 2011
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We grabbed this book and just started laughing.

Not just for journalists or writers, this book has enough laughs for everyone. It covers everything from politics to history, with a very quick bit on religion even. This is going to definitely end up in a few people's stockings later this year. Thanks Bureau Chiefs!!
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