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William Zinser's novel is still number one
It was not long ago that I bought another issue of On Writing Well:" The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction" from William Knowlton Zinsser, the productive writer, publisher and instructor who will be 90 years old this October. I' ve since then - I guess only - for a tens or more of those millions of On Writing Well, books that have been reread, lent, tagged, lent, spun and mauled.
The last time I reviewed the Amazon list, Zinsser was first in all literature on literacy. Writing Tools" came 4th (and 16th in the electronic version). In 2115 my eBook was among all Amazon sellers; its 360. I had many times my number 2 in my life, but even then I still keep eating the powder of the Z-man.
I' m trying to pronounce Zinsser's work overrated, just as the success in our class, Strunk & White, is struck by certain groups of professors and scholar. I' m going to let Zinsser fall and then beat the miserable scribe, as the Hulk Loki sends out in "The Avengers", with his post.
two pages in one text, as convenient, convincing and informative as pages 10 and 11. As with the musical ethic of Miles Davis and Tony Bennett, Zinsser shows in written form that there are sheet musical notations in a work ( "in his case") that the composer should omit.
"Disorder is the sickness of the written word," Zinsser wrote on page 6. "Combatting disorder is like combating tares - the author is always a little back. There are new species sprouting over night, and by midday they will be part of the US language. "What makes such strict stan-dards bearable is the way in which interest is applied to itself -- on pages 10 and 11.
In general, if the author of the paper is missing, it is because he was not sufficiently cautious to keep the author on the right track. Slim and easy and clear enough for my tastes, and yet Zinsser goes to work: Strike through "writer's" and "entirely" and "He's not so dumb" and "of the article" and even "proper" before "path".
Usually when the author gets mislaid, it is because he was not cautious enough to keep him on his way. "Zinsser slices about 20 per cent of the stock, a default he uses on pages 10 and 11. Cause it revelatory the mind and soul of a liberal author.
These pages with these crop markers show the spirit of a dedicated author at work. Where do we come from insisting on the inclusion of words such as "in the article"? The great penmaker Donald Murray was also present.) I entered the conversation with this exercise: I' had re-typed and copied pages 10 and 11 -- but without Zinssers cut-points.
Every author had to work on the text with the aim of editing words that were wasted. Then what was happening was that Zinsser revealed and made me (damn!) popular forever. This, my dear ones, is the fragility that all trainees sense - and also some of them. William Zinsser, you old bitch.