Tuesday, December 06, 2005

brevity, the soul of wit

We're flattered and amused that yet a third college writing textbook -- the forthcoming Expanding Viewpoints (December 2006, McGraw-Hill, Wayne Stein et al, eds.) -- will include a reprint of Denise Graveline's humor essay The Blue Book, a tongue-in-cheek rant about the flimsy books collegians use for final exam answers. Originally published in a national magazine for college students, the essay also appears in Models for Effective Writing and Patterns for a Purpose: A Rhetorical Reader. In the forthcoming textbook, students are asked to count the number of sentences with 12 words or fewer, perhaps to show that brevity is in fact the soul of with.  The editors tell us blue books are still cheap and plentiful on campus.

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