The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being
corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing—and why
should we care? From the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now.
In this entertaining and eminently practical book, the cognitive scientist, dictionary
consultant, and New York Times–bestselling author Steven Pinker rethinks the usage guide for the
twenty-first century. Using examples of great and gruesome modern prose while avoiding the
scolding tone and Spartan tastes of the classic manuals, he shows how the art of writing can be
a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right. The Sense
of Style is for writers of all kinds, and for readers who are interested in letters and
literature and are curious about the ways in which the sciences of mind can illuminate how
language works at its best.