No one wants their writing to be the subject of ridicule and disdain, but that’s the lot of many academic writers, whose turgid, clumsy, lumpy prose is deemed largely unapproachable by a general readership. What’s the harm in writing for the few? Many good ideas that might be of public benefit are cloistered away. In this 32-page collection, Steven Pinker and other writing experts describe what’s wrong with academic prose and practical steps to improve it.
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