Monday, January 16, 2006
The Elements of Style is now out in an illustrated edition. This should be a boon for the blogging community. Collectively, we are in need of a few reminders, and the pith and concision of Strunk and White can be a guide to us all. I am learning a few things as I re-read this classic.
As I look back at this last paragraph, I wonder which "element" I've neglected, which grammatical rule I've broken. This in itself is a good thing.
I confess: I'm a sucker for classics re-pristinated. For example, Paradise Lost was recently reissued in an illustrated version. It includes a forward by Philip Pullman, another favorite author. I bought it. Also W.S. Merwin's new translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight . The only exception to this rule is new translations of Dante (although I did purchase Merwin's Purgatoril).
My new resolution for 2006 will be to publish on this blog in such a way that Strunk would be, if not proud, then at least approving.