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One handed writing – the blog

Recently @mishdalton pointed me at an article about writing op-eds for the New York Times. I was immediately struck by how applicable much of what was said was to blog writing. The advice is pragmatic and not surprising: get to the point quickly, have an opinion, be direct and avoid padding, anticipate and counter potential … Continue reading One handed writing – the blog

Libraries and the curse of knowledge

In his recent book on writing (The Sense of Style), Steven Pinker suggests that the economic concept of the curse of knowledge is the main cause of bad writing. He explains it this way: Call it the Curse of Knowledge: a difficulty in imagining what it is like for someone else not to know something … Continue reading Libraries and the curse of knowledge