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A Quick One: September 15, 2008

September 15, 2008

Last night, I read The First Day of the Blitz: September 7, 1940 by Peter Stansky. It’s a short book — 212 pages — and it’s clearly written, so it only took a couple of hours to read. I thought it was interesting, an interesting subject presented well. Sometimes I’ll borrow a non-fiction book from the library because I’m interested in the subject, and the way the information is presented just kills my interest.

It’s not that the writing is dense. I can and do handle dense writing, even writing thick with jargon. I’m talking about instances when the important information isn’t clearly presented. Most of the time, it’s choked by verbiage that isn’t necessary, so there’s no clear thread linking A to B to C. It’s as if the writer isn’t clear in his own mind what the point is. If the writer isn’t clear, how’s the reader to be clear?

I don’t care how erudite the writer may be — that’s just bad writing.

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