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The Sense of Style - The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

Steven Pinker

A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times bestselling 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 bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first 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.

A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times bestselling 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 bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first 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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A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times bestselling 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 bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

12h 27m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:40


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:45


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:59


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:28


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:27


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:12


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:07


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:20


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:09


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:14


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:27


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:32


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:34


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:14


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:51


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:22


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:58


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:52


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:00


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:17


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:55


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:51


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:51


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:34


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:57


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:18


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:27


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:07


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:32


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:19


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:58


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:29


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:32


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:27


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:38


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

09:24


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

10:00


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

09:00


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:08


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:24


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:00


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:54


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:39


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

09:14


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:10


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:22


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:39


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

09:26


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:08


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:21


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:30


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:40


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:11


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:28


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

09:23


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

09:18


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

09:09


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:55


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:59


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

09:39


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:14


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:46


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:16


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:46


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

09:53


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

00:47