Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Catch of the Day

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

1 comment:

Paul Lamb said...

THROW AWAY The Elements of Style if you want to be a creative writer. It might be good for high school term papers, but fiction writers have the privilege and perhaps even the obligation to bend and break and reinvent the rules of writing. By the way, the New York Times wrote an obituary for The Elements of Style back on August 23. May it RIP.