Joseph M. Williams begins his last of ten lessons in Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace with a clever German proverb: Loquacity and lying are cousins.
The examples he uses in this lesson, which focuses on the ethical obligations of the writer, are both instructive and compelling. For instance, in a dispute, should we report by blaming the conflict on the bickering parties or on the historical circumstances in which they find themselves? Is intentional obfuscation ever the right thing to do? Williams explores these and other questions with a clarity and grace of his own.
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