Friday, October 28, 2005

Strunky Music

New Yorker contributor Maira Kalman has issued an illustrated version of Strunk & White's Elements of Style. Also new, a nine-song operatic cycle that is essentially an ode to the work (apparently not yet available on CD.)

The most interesting thing I read in the Newsweek article was that Elements has sold 10 million copies since it was first widely published in 1959. That's it? Everyone I knew in college had one. They couldn't all have been hand-me-downs. If all those copies still existed, that would be only one for every 30 people in the U.S. There simply must be more than 3% of the population that cares about good writing!



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