9 Books on Reading and Writing | Brain Pickings


I’ve been following Brain Pickings lately, and feel like there’s little more I can add to the excellent work they’ve done highlighting  writers, books, books on writing, and good style.  I want only to point the way towards them, so that perhaps you begin following them, too.  They have deemed this the “Year of reading more and writing better,” which also happens to be my resolution for 2013, too.   As a teacher, a coach, a tutor, and an editor I feel taking the time to read good books about your craft (and not just about your content) is what helps set you apart from the uncountable others like you.

The first book featured in this list of nine is The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, but not just the regular edition, the illustrated one. It’s a delightful reference piece, and please click-through to the original post to read all their related links as well.


If anyone can make grammar fun, it’s Maira Kalman — The Elements of Style Illustrated marries Kalman’s signature whimsy with Strunk and White’s indispensable style guide to create an instant classic.

The original Elements of Style was published in 1919 in-house at Cornell University for teaching use and reprinted in 1959 to become cultural canon, and Kalman’s inimitable version is one of our 10 favorite masterpieces of graphic nonfiction.

On a related unmissable note, let the Elements of Style Rap make your day.

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