ON JAMESON'S STYLE

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Mon May 20 11:48:26 MDT 1996


On 20 May 1996, SCOTT R MCLEMEE wrote:

>           It took some months of constant effort to lose  the compulsion to
>           write like that; to learn to produce a sentence of under 30 words
>           cost me more effort than it is pleasing to recall.  Think of it.

Louis: Look, the secret to my pellucid writing style is that I run
everything through Microsoft Word's grammar checker before I post it. It
does two essential things. It tells you if a sentence is too long to
analyze grammatically (this is a good head-start) and it also highlights
passive voice usage. Passive voice example: "It can be stated that the
Socialist Workers Party is the revolutionary continuity of Lenin's
Bolshevik party." Elimination of passive voice example: "Socialist Workers
Party members believe that the SWP is the revolutionary continuity of
Lenin's Bolshevik party."



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