Can Writing Be Taught (To 19-Year-Olds)?

November 30, 2007 § 5 Comments

Brevity editor Dinty W. Moore is at his most crotchety in his guest blog post, On Seeing Clearly, over at Insidehighered.com.  Really, how does he get off saying stuff like this?

The average twenty-year old, by no fault of his own, doesn’t want the hard truth. He still wants to be reassured. He wants to believe that the answer is simple: if we act well, things turn out well; if we act badly, we are punished. It is only when we get older—most of us, that is—that we’re able to understand with any depth just how arbitrary, unfair, mysterious, odd, and slanted is that thing we call reality.

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