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Writing world loses a gem: Bill Zinsser

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by ringer, May 12, 2015.

  1. ringer

    ringer Member

  2. Bronco77

    Bronco77 Well-Known Member

    He worked at the New York Herald Tribune during Red Smith's heyday there, and mentored Roger Kahn and many others.

    "On Writing Well" was required reading when I was breaking into journalism, along with "The Elements of Style" and "The Careful Writer."
  3. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    In Zinsser's honor, I bought a fresh copy of "On Writing Well" yesterday to replace the dog-eared and tattered copy I've kept for decades on my desk, right next to "Elements" and "When Words Collide." Also a fan of "Lapsing into a Comma" as well.

    These books and others are always great when dealing with corporate clients — and even some colleagues — who impress themselves with jargon and verbosity and written gymnastics, as I turn to the relevant chapters and tell them, "Sorry, but no." </wordgeek>
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