The two things about any subject
Stranger in the bar said, “For every subject, there are really only two things you really need to know. Everything else is the application of those two things, or just not important.” Difficult as it may be to accept, it might be true. Whether it is true or not doesn’t matter so much because I think the exercise of boiling down a subject to two sentences is tremendously...
The key to clear writing
…is clear thinking. From the Economist Style guide: “A scrupulous writer”, observed Orwell, “in every sentence that he writes will ask himself at least these questions: What am I trying to say? What words will express it? What image or idiom will make it clearer? Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? Could I put it more shortly? Have I said anything that is...