Tuesday, July 29, 2008
When it comes to most books I read I feel like the writers could have made better and more concise choices. Economy of language does not seem to be espoused by most writers and who could blame them. It is, in my opinion, the hardest thing to master.
So, Kevin Drums article on the topic is particularly interesting to me.
"And yet.....having said that, spending a lot of time on the internet, as I have since 2002, has rubbed my nose in something that hadn't really bothered me before then: namely just how overwritten so many books and magazine articles are. Seymour Hersh? He's great. You could also cut every one of his pieces by at least 50% and lose exactly nothing. And I'm not picking on Hersh. At a guess, I'd say that two-thirds of the magazine pieces I read could be sliced by nearly a third or more without losing much. That's true of a lot of books too."
Full feature here.
Do you have any examples of overwritten books?
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