Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Dear Professor . . .

Your Life’s Work Sucks

“Harvard’s Steven Pinker . . . authored an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education in which he used adjectives like ‘turgid, soggy, wooden, bloated, clumsy, obscure, unpleasant to read, and impossible to understand’ to describe academic writing. In an email, Pinker told me that the reaction to his article ‘has been completely positive.’” 

—Victoria Clayton, writer, “The Needless Complexity of Academic Writing: A new movement strivesfor simplicity,” The Atlantic, October 26, 2015 

Editorial Comment: Reviewer #2, however, dismissed Pinker’s argument as “sophomoric, pedestrian, oompa-loompish and unsupported by his own null hypothesis.” Be like that.

PeezPix by Ted Pease

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