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Jay Heinrichs is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Thank You for Arguing, published in 12 languages. A third edition is available July 4. The leading modern work on rhetoric, it has been taught in more than 3,000 college rhetoric classes and countless AP English Language & Composition classes. It is one of the top ten books assigned to undergraduates at Harvard.

The book has been published in six languages and released in a new edition. He has also authored Word Hero, a book on figures of speech, tropes, and “witcraft.”

Jay maintains the popular rhetoric and language websites ArgueLab.com and websites Figarospeech.com. In addition, he holds frequent Skype-ins with classes that use his book.

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Jay Heinrichs Yes! The third edition comes out patriotically on July 4. It will contain some rhetoric from the 2016 election, including an ancient breathing trick t…moreYes! The third edition comes out patriotically on July 4. It will contain some rhetoric from the 2016 election, including an ancient breathing trick that Trump uses. The new edition also includes a new chapter on tropes and other goodies. (less)
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Jay Heinrichs I'm probably not the only writer with a cabin. Even Thoreau wasn't the first. As for intelligent design, I suppose your interpretation of that belief …moreI'm probably not the only writer with a cabin. Even Thoreau wasn't the first. As for intelligent design, I suppose your interpretation of that belief depends on what intelligence you're talking about. A specific god? Many gods? I've yet to see someone excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church for understanding the theory (explanation) of evolution. Spiritual explanations for phenomena not yet known to science--along with spiritual explanations for all of reality--are rarely monolithic. That's why we have rhetoric in the first place. We're free to argue about all that stuff.(less)
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Unblock Your Writer’s Block

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Oh, the horror. Your paper is due tomorrow, and for the jillionth time you have sat down at the keyboard in hopes of jumpstarting that tree sloth of a brain. But no. Your brain just hangs there, chewing on a leaf. 

Personally, I think “writer’s block” is a misnomer. While it may feel like a block, technically it’s more of a swamp. A mire. A slough of despond. Your temporary inability to

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“THE UNANNOUNCED EMOTION: Don’t advertise a mood. Invoke it”
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“When you want to change someone’s mood, tell a story.”
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“Rhetoric is the art of influence, friendship, and eloquence, of ready wit and irrefutable logic. And it harnesses the most powerful of social forces, argument.”
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message 1: by Erica

Erica Firment After I read "Thank you for Arguing" you unknowingly became one of my parenting mentors.

My baby girl hasn't started arguing yet, but I anticipate her first use of the pathetic fallacy as soon as she figures out what "no" means.


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