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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 Active 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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