Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Half a Century of 'The Elements of Style'

The famous style guide turns 50, as reported by the New York Times.

I liked this bit:

"If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers," Dorothy Parker once wrote, "the second-greatest favor you can do them is to present them copies of 'The Elements of Style.' The first-greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they're happy."

In the photo, you can see the copy I keep in my office. Yes, those are my fingers. No, I am not a giant. The book is very small.

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