Strunk and White

17 Mar

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subject only in outline, but that every word tell.

– William Strunk and E. B. White

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2 Responses to “Strunk and White”

  1. George Steeley March 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Hear, hear. One of my all-time favorite books. Should be required reading, not as a rule book, but as a philosophical guide. And there’s even an app for that, though it has only 14 reviews and doesn’t appear to be of high quality. Would a big fat Strunk + White for Dummies or a slim Strunk + White in 140 Characters do better?

  2. peterburnham March 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    Agreed. I also can’t live without Robert Henri’s “The Art Spirit.”

    Either of those texts could make some amazing interactive pieces. Maybe something really experiential like Jonathan Harris’ work (http://number27.org/work.html) or just a quote of the day app or tumblr.

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