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Mar. 5th, 2009 @ 04:42 am why does it sound so familiar?
Lying With Style:
Classic style is focused and assured. Its virtues are clarity and simplicity; in a sense, so are its vices. It declines to acknowledge ambiguities, unessential qualifications, doubts, or other styles. It declines to acknowledge that it is a style. It makes its hard choices silently and out of the reader's sight. Once made, those hard choices are not acknowledged to be choices at all; they are presented as if they are inevitable, because classic style is, above all, a style of presentation with claims to transparency. ...
I am especially fond of "declines to acknowledge it is a style."
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From:lowwall
Date:March 5th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, now I have a name for the style I've always thought I should emulate, but just can't bring myself to do. Accuracy is far more important to me than sounding authoritative, so I usually end up loading up my text with caveats, parenthetical remarks, and weaselly limiters like "usually" and "often". It often bugs me to have to do this, but now I can revel in my avoidance of the soon-to-be dread Pirate Wesley Classic Style.
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From:michaelsullivan
Date:March 6th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
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My favorite part of the extended quote (linked above) is that the writing itself exemplifies what it describes.
From:matchesmalone
Date:March 6th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)

Sounds like, first word... Jeet Kune Do

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Bruce Lee defined “The Way of the Intercepted Fist” (literal) as “The style of no style.” Greatness comes along in many forms, in many different ways. Great find, Paul. Thanks!
From:howardtreesong
Date:March 9th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
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That almost feels like something Jack Vance would have written as a chapter heading to set context. It's quite amusing in that light.