Do I Make Myself Clear?

Do I Make Myself Clear?

Why Writing Well Matters

eBook - 2017
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Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
ISBN: 9780316432290
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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fledge
Nov 12, 2017

There are better books to teach you how to write clearly. Evans, I think, is writing to an audience that believes his erudition is a plus, and finds interesting the excusions he uses for examples. It’s not that he gives bad advice, it’s that his advice so often is wrapped up in 1960s British leftwing political sentiments. What’s the point of that – except to alienate half his audience, which defeats the point of the book. Not recommended.

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Liber_vermis
Jul 13, 2017

"Going well beyond the typical style guide's proscriptions against the passive voice, cliche, and so on, this polemic on writing takes the view that "the oppressive opaqueness" of much contemporary prose "is a moral issue." Contemptuous of politicians, C.E.O.s, and marketers who use "words not for communicating ideas but concealing them," Evans rewrites health-insurance policies, governmental reports on terrorism, and even Jan Austen, in order to demonstrate the virtues of concision and clarity. Human life is at stake, he claims. General Motors could have recalled vehicles with faulty ignition switches more quickly had managers not been "imprisoned" by a "lexicon of assurance," which favored convoluted euphemisms over precise statements about risks." - from "Briefly Noted", The New Yorker magazine, July 10 & 17, 2017, p. 84.

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