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Al RubottomFor those truly curious about expressiveness in English: The best, IMHO, new book this last year on writing [*not* technical] is The Elements of Expression, Putting Thoughts Into Words, by Arthur Plotnik, Henry Holt & Co., [not yet in paper but maybe by next year], ISBN 0-8050-3773-X [$20]. Plotnik is brilliant, an inspired and inspiring writer. His earlier The Elements of Editing is well-known, a standard reference. This new book is a masterpiece. Can't say enough good things about it. And BTW, he concisely and without apology [because none is needed!] lays out the appropriateness and power of the f-word [and other so-called bad words] in spoken and writtenusage. Even if [maybe *especially* if!] you have such highly sensitized moral(istic) antennae that you quiver all over when meeting the dreaded f-word, you really oughta read Plotnik. He makes it unambiguously clear how, and maybe even why, such "tough talk" works, and works well. Read and enjoy.
—TECHWR-L, Sept. 22, 1996