Oct 14, 08
Read in October, 2008
Stylistic primers are an odd sort. As a genre, these tools almost unanimously battle with advising a beginner to both find one's own method and follow the author's method. Cioffi makes a great case for his particular brand of creative writing (and frequently apologizes for it with reasoned exceptions), but he frequently comes across as a bit of a snark, maybe leaning a little too diligently on the idea that there are some things that simply don't belong in writing under any circumstances. It's a useful tool, though, and a fair, brief breakdown of some sophisticated argumentation.