Steven Pinker: 'Many of the alleged rules of writing are actually superstitions'
theguardian.com – Tuesday October 6, 2015
People often ask me why I followed my 2011 book on the history of violence, The Better Angels of Our Nature, with a writing style manual. I like to say that after having written 800 pages on torture, rape, world war, and genocide, it was time to take on some really controversial topics like fused participles, dangling modifiers, and the serial comma.
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