Tuesday, July 21, 2009

weekly writing coach: bookshelf update

I'm delighted to get a writer's bookshelf suggestion from Michael Erard, the author of one of my favorite books on public speaking, Um. . .: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean. He's a thoughtful observer of language and usage, and he suggests another "little book" to go alongside your Strunk and White:
I keep Virginia Tufte's Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style on the shelf -- it's like a Kama Sutra of the English sentence.
Erard reports that he's "working on another book, about language superlearners and the upper limits of the ability to speak and learn languages, to be titled Babel No More." Stay tuned, language lovers!

Buy Um. . .: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean

Buy Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style

1 comment:

Brian said...

I've really gotten into David Meerman Scott's New Rules of Marketing and PR. Looking forward to meeting you next week at SMPS DC education event. Brian Reilly/SmithGroup