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Friday, May 7, 2010

Utilitarian Prose

I do not have a fundamentally utilitarian attitude toward prose. The prose, for me, is not a mere vehicle for the ideas, but an end in itself. Your writing can never be too good, too elegant or too beautiful. This is not to say that I am happy with my own prose. I've got it sound more or less like me, but not (yet) like an even more beautiful version of me.

This being said, I'm not fond of overly fussy, ornate prose. I want beauty in a kind of plain-spoken way.

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