Remember to forget the Model T


#1

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1936/05/16/1936_05_16_020_TNY_CARDS_000161110?currentPage=all


#2

Oh my, thank you Circuitsmith! What a wonderful “ride down memory lane” with the author of that 1936 article. Interesting in many ways, including how well written the article was.


#3

What a great essay. Thanks for sharing it!


#4

@Marnet–Mr. White was indeed a wonderful writer, and I dare say that you may be familiar with some of his books. Take a look at this bio of him:


#5

@VDCdriver – oh my, I had totally missed noticing the author of the article. Yes, E. B. White was quite the skilled writer of delightful prose. Thank you!


#6

And his writing guide “The Elements of Style” (often just called ‘Strunk and White’) is perhaps the standard guide on effective written communications.


#7

I still own my copy of Elements of Style that I got in college. Hmmm, it has been a long time since I dusted it off and read through it.


#8

I still remember my delighted amusement on reading Elements of Style in English class and discovering the passage which I still have memorized:

“The subject of a sentence and the principal verb should not, as a rule, be separated by a phrase or clause that can be transferred to the beginning.”


#9

Rule No. 1: No rule is inviolable. Except this one. :wink: