Here’s an interesting part of the essay (I broke down the questions by line):
A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus:
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?
And he will probably ask himself two more:
Could I put it more shortly?
Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?
I think the following rules will cover most cases:
(i) Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
(ii) Never use a long word where a short one will do.
(iii) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
(iv) Never use the passive where you can use the active.
(v) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything barbarous.
I’d like to start a conversation about healthy living and eating… hard for most of us… and it requires constant vigilance.
Here’s an interesting conversation with Mark Bittman. I don’t agree with all of what he says (not sure if I agree about taxing certain food). Yet he has some good ideas that are worth considering…
Favorite quote from the show by Bittman: “No particular ingredient, no particular meal, no particular day, week, even month matters that much, if you see the big picture… I’m going to move my eating in a better direction and it’s as simple as that and you have to act that way.”