Plain Style

Plain Style Plain Style is an amusing and instructive guide to written English by the late Christopher Lasch author of The Culture of Narcissism The True and Only Heaven and many other memorable works of Ameri

  • Title: Plain Style
  • Author: Christopher Lasch
  • ISBN: 9780812218145
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
  • Plain Style is an amusing and instructive guide to written English by the late Christopher Lasch, author of The Culture of Narcissism, The True and Only Heaven, and many other memorable works of American history and social criticism Written for the benefit of the students at the University of Rochester, where Lasch taught from 1970 until his death in 1994, it quickly estaPlain Style is an amusing and instructive guide to written English by the late Christopher Lasch, author of The Culture of Narcissism, The True and Only Heaven, and many other memorable works of American history and social criticism Written for the benefit of the students at the University of Rochester, where Lasch taught from 1970 until his death in 1994, it quickly established itself in typescript as a local classic a lively, witty, and historically minded alternative to the famous volume by William Strunk and E B White, The Elements of Style.Now available for the first time in published form, Plain Style is fundamentally a clear, readable, practical guide to the timeless principles of effective composition At the same time, however, in ways that Stewart Weaver explains in his critical introduction, it is a distinctive and revealing addition to the published work of an eminent American thinker No mere primer, Plain Style is an essay in cultural criticism, a political treatise even, by one for whom directness, clarity, and honesty of expression were essential to the living spirit of democracy.As the teachers and students who have for years benefited from its succinct wisdom will testify, Plain Style is an indispensable guide to writing and, indeed, Christopher Lasch s least expected but perhaps most serviceable work.

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    • Christopher Lasch

      Christopher Kit Lasch June 1, 1932 February 14, 1994 was an American historian, moralist, and social critic who was a history professor at the University of Rochester.Lasch sought to use history as a tool to awaken American society to the pervasiveness with which major institutions, public and private, were eroding the competence and independence of families and communities He strove to create a historically informed social criticism that could teach Americans how to deal with rampant consumerism, proletarianization, and what he famously labeled the culture of narcissism His books, including The New Radicalism in America 1965 , Haven in a Heartless World 1977 , The Culture of Narcissism 1979 , and The True and Only Heaven 1991 , and The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy published posthumously in 1996 were widely discussed and reviewed The Culture of Narcissism became a surprise best seller and won the National Book Award in the category Current Interest paperback.Lasch was always a critic of liberalism, and a historian of liberalism s discontents, but over time his political perspective evolved dramatically In the 1960s, he was a neo Marxist and acerbic critic of Cold War liberalism During the 1970s, he began to become a far iconoclastic figure, fusing cultural conservatism with a Marxian critique of capitalism, and drawing on Freud influenced critical theory to diagnose the ongoing deterioration that he perceived in American culture and politics His writings during this period are considered contradictory They are sometimes denounced by feminists and hailed by conservatives for his apparent defense of the traditional family But as he explained in one of his books The Minimal Self, it goes without saying that sexual equality in itself remains an eminently desirable objective Moreover, in Women and the Common Life, Lasch clarified that urging women to abandon the household and forcing them into a position of economic dependence, in the workplace, pointing out the importance of professional careers does not entail liberation, as long as these careers are governed by the requirements of corporate economy.He eventually concluded that an often unspoken but pervasive faith in Progress tended to make Americans resistant to many of his arguments In his last major works he explored this theme in depth, suggesting that Americans had much to learn from the suppressed and misunderstood Populist and artisan movements of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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    • Most of Lasch's suggestions are well taken, and if I followed them, my writing would much improve.He does not, however, seem to recognize that language changes. People use old words in new ways and people make new words. It happens. "Hopefully" has become, like it or not (Lasch says not), a word that means something like "it is to be hoped that." The most discouraging part is Lasch's guide to pronouncing certain words. He wants speakers to pronounce the voiceless "t" (or [t] in IPA) in the word [...]


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