Quote of the Week via ~ January 24th, 2014

ink“Most good writing is clear, vigorous, honest, alive, sensuous, appropriate, unsentimental, rhythmic, without pretension, fresh, metaphorical, evocative in sound, economical, authoritative, surprising, memorable, and light.”

~Ken Macrorie

2 thoughts on “Quote of the Week via ~ January 24th, 2014”

  1. Oh, THAT Ken Macrorie! To quote: “I don’t care how you spell, I don’t care about your grammar and punctuation, but I care about what you say.” He was a teacher who argued that content is everything; the rest is just “packaging.” This position that puts creativity and invention ahead of discipline and form has percolated down into our elementary and secondary schools, which are raising a generation of “creative” free spirits who cannot express themselves because they do not understand the very things that Macrorie didn’t care about.

    This quote is nothing more than a string of adjectives, not even self-consistent, and qualified with that mealy-mouthed “most” that leaves the door open for nearly anything. I particularly note the inclusion of one of the weakest, most meaningless, and manipulative modifiers in the English language: appropriate.

    How can anyone disagree with Macrorie’s list? Who would not want to be clear, vigorous, honest, alive, and so forth? Maybe those writers who prefer to be “inappropriate” and who think that rigor in expression still matters.

    –Larry Constantine (pen name, Lior Samson)


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