Man is an imitative being. We naturally tend to mimic those whom we love and admire, and we all have our own set of heroes that we style ourselves after in various ways. Scripture does not condemn this tendency in itself, but it does require it to be directed toward the right exemplars. Continue reading “Imitating the Ordinary”
Academics need to write better, and they can. So argues Helen Sword in Stylish Academic Writing (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012), a book written to equip academic writers to write with style and creativity instead of dull, opaque monotony. Though many academics feel that custom and editorial requirements restrain their creativity and style, they have significantly more wiggle room and freedom than they might think. Sword writes to free up and equip academic writers to experiment with their writing style.