The Sense of Style

  • von Steven Pinker
  • Sprecher: Arthur Morey
  • 12 Std. 0 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times best-selling author Steven Pinker.
Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care?
In The Sense of Style, the best-selling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the 21st century, Pinker doesn’t carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose.
In this short, cheerful, and eminently practical book, Pinker shows how writing depends on imagination, empathy, coherence, grammatical knowhow, and an ability to savor and reverse engineer the good prose of others. He replaces dogma about usage with reason and evidence, allowing writers and editors to apply the guidelines judiciously, rather than robotically, being mindful of what they are designed to accomplish.
Filled with examples of great and gruesome prose, Pinker shows us how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right.
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- Marc Dierckx

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Clear and concise, as well as aesthetically pleasing style that is not beholden to the obsessions of traditionalists and prescriptivists. It's less of a manual and more a scholarly treatise about what 'style' can be for a thinking person in the 21st century. Very worth listening to.
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Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 30.09.2014
  • Verlag: Penguin Audio