2015/03/26

Strunk wrapped

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences…. This requires not that the writer makes all sentences short, or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell. ~ Strunk and White, The Elements of Style (4th ed.)

At first people were angry at the deception (not angry; anger isn’t allowed). At first the people were disturbed (from the required complacently of bliss), but this was subsequently (unremittingly, unavoidably, patiently) lulled by being rewarded (in the usual mode of strife control) by making the deception irresistible. Look them straight in the eye (spit!), and hold the gaze. Transformation by dazzle.  

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At first people were disturbed by the deception, but this was assuaged by making the deception irresistible.  ~DMC, Pax Romana

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First, journalism, dropping commas for space, the happy near occasion for dangling participles. Now we're reduced to tweets. 

I need the energy of the wordy. It pulls at you, stretches you, awakens and shrewdly strangles. Nothing quite so fascinating as the dazzle of ambivalence. 

2014/07/23