Archive for March 2nd, 2008

Writer’s Craft

March 2, 2008

I love looking at great sentences and considering what makes ’em great.  Here’re two more for this week’s class assignment: 

If, then, not this, but this.

“If you approach writing your column as I do mine, you see it as an attempt, not to hammer the other side down, but to persuade persuadable minds” (Pitts).

And an effective catalog:  “You and I have the misfortune to live in a time and media culture when people think the loudness of the argument matters more than the coherence of it, when threats and intimidation substitute for logic and reason, a time of made-up ‘facts’ and ideological ‘truth,’ a time when critical thinking is a lost art and ignorance is ascendant” (Pitts).