Friday, November 19, 2010
Holiday Cheer from Strunk & White
I’m going to be honest. I’d found a different link to share, one that would have been accompanied by a few paragraphs of thoughtfulness, plus a question or two for your consideration. But due to the clutter of my writer’s brain, compounded by the clutter of pre-Thanksgiving angst, I cannot remember what it was about or even where I saw it. While searching for clues this morning, I stumbled upon a McSweeney’s piece from last summer—a riff on the grand arbiters Strunk and White—and it made me smile. What writer hasn’t been caught in the tug of war between syntax and personal style? I love the Elements and its authors, and I love this. Hope you enjoy. Likely my other idea will come flashing back while I’m on the train home for the holiday. In the meantime, just be thankful I didn’t include a transcript of last night’s vegetable and side dish debate.
Posted by Alexis Tonti at 8:51 AM