Elements of Style
“Newspaper reporters and technical writers are trained to reveal almost nothing about themselves in their writing. This makes them freaks in the world of writers, since almost all of the other ink-stained wretches in that world reveal a lot about themselves to readers. We call these revelations, accidental and intentional, elements of style.”
—Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), writer
• Editorial Comment: I dunno. I already know more about a lot of these wretches than I really want to.
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