Reading About Writing

Near the start of the year, delivering late Christmas presents to a friend’s children, I unearthed Ben Yagoda’s The Sound on the Page, subtitled “Great Writers Talk About Style and Voice in Writing.” Everybody who writes is engaged in the remarkable enterprise of making consciousness manifest -- catching the slipperiest of substance, a thought, and [...]

marginalia || When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It: The Parts of Speech, for Better and/or Worse, by Ben Yagoda

I suppose it is the height of dorkiness that I even possess this book. I suppose it is not a valid explanation that this small hardbound was brand-new (still in its plastic wrap) when I bought it for PhP50.00, about a dollar. I also suppose that the marginalia scattered on its pages (because why stop [...]