How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times - Roy Peter Clark


With his fourth book in the help-for-writers series, Roy Peter Clark, “America’s Writing Coach,” has given us another indispensable guide to the written word, one especially suited to today’s under-140-characters attitude. In How to Write Short (Little, Brown $20) Clark, never the stern grammarian, gives invaluable instruction on the best ways to communicate a lot of information with few words. His guide for short-form writing, from Tweets to headlines to dating profiles, will be a useful tool for all writers.

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ISBN: 9780316204323
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - August 19th, 2014

Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers - Janet Malcolm and Ian Frazier

These witty, expressive essays track a decades-long quest to capture the essence of painters, writers, critics, and artists of all description. In Forty-One False Starts (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27), acclaimed academic and writer Janet Malcolm investigates the subtle interactions among life, art, influence, and the art of biography itself. Reflective and informed, each piece muses on the role of the critic, the subjectivity of history and taste, and considers how these evolve over time. Malcolm tackles Edward Weston’s nudes, Edith Wharton’s fiction, Thomas Struth’s photography, Salinger’s prose, and many other artists and their work. In his introduction, Ian Frazier describes his New Yorker colleague’s writing as the “highest level of literature”; and, indeed, the essays are beautifully composed and reminiscent of fiction in their construction, their lyricism, and the thought-provoking weave of the tales.

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ISBN: 9780374534585
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 13th, 2014

Several Short Sentences About Writing - Verlyn Klinkenborg

Trying to write something and can’t get started? Started, but stuck? Verlyn Klinkenborg, New York Times editorial board member and author of the beautiful column and book, The Rural Life, has been there. Many times. His Several Short Sentences about Writing (Vintage, $15) is an eminently sensible guide for helping writers—the novice as well as the practiced—steer around the blockages and back to that elusive, flowing prose (but remember, flow “doesn’t describe the act of writing. It describes the effect of writing”).This practical and inspiring distillation of a master wordsmith’s experience with prose is also a fascinating dip-into miscellany for anyone interested in language and thinking. As valuable for what it says as for how it says it, Klinkenborg’s compendium of brief, axiomatic statements is unfailingly lucid, eloquent, wise, and useful, starting with the Prologue’s reminder that in this craft, “there are no rules, only experiments.”
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ISBN: 9780307279415
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2013