The mind tends to run along the groove of one’s intention and overlooks the actual expression.

-Jacques Barzun, Simple & Direct (p. 6)

I’m hoping to learn to write better. Part of the process is reading books about writing. A particularly brutal book, but also a very fruitful one, is Simple & Direct by Jacques Barzun. It’s like learning to write from the cruelest drill sergeant of all time.

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