Re: RARA-AVIS: no-style?

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 19 Nov 2001

<<As for the notion that "Elements of Style" has done more harm than good - the author here seems oblivious to the notion that it's primarily supposed to be a tool for
*nonfiction* writers - journalists, essayists, etc.>>

I would say that the notion (that it has done more harm, etc.) is 100% bullshit.
<<(though, interestingly, I've heard similar complaints about the Raymond Carver minimalist school of fiction).>>

I would say that such putative complaints are 100% bullshit. Anyone who blames Ray Carver for another author's failings doesn't know anything about writing, or about Carver, or about "the Carver school". In fact, no such school ever existed, nor did Ray want to create one. He just taught writing.

Shall we next blame Chandler for the bad, stale work that his clones have published over the years?



"Don't just do something, sit there!" Thich Nhat Hanh

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