This new book by NYT columnist Stanley Fish makes accessible the formal elements of writing by giving examples of why good sentences work. I like the point that Fish makes, that it’s easier to learn formal structures through example than through rhetorical rules. It fits with the case I’m building that one should be immersed in writing and the life of writing, rather than sit alone or in a class. We learn through immersion, imitation and practice, I think.
Neil Cohen from NPR’s Talk of the Nation brings the topic to life in this thirty-minute interview with Fish. A good way to brush up on your sentence-making without going back to third grade.