The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century!

English language

Published Dec. 26, 2014 by Penguin Books, Limited.

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4 stars

Steven Pinker can be insufferable at times, but I think I must grant that this book had a net positive effect on my writing. I appreciate it and do recommend others to read it once or twice. The examples of good writing are instructive if not only pleasurable to read. The counter-arguments to other writing style-guides and grammar police are very constructive.

This book is best consumed in written form. Sections that speak of sentences as trees are harder to visualize by description alone; consulting the accompanying PDF just isn't practical. The sections on punctuation were a bit of a hard listen as well.


  • English language, grammar
  • English language, style