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How to Write Very Little August 4, 2011

“Talking and eloquence are not the same,” Ben Jonson once observed.  “To speak, and to speak well, are two things.”  In his new book, Microstyle, Christopher Johnson, who is a linguist by training, adds that to speak well nowadays is to speak very little.  Microstyle, which you might call a guide to writing for the age of the Internet, promises to explain exactly how to do that.