Monday, February 1, 2010

Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies

I really enjoyed this book by Marilyn McEntyre. It is her attempt to encourage us to preserve the vitality and precision of the spoken and written word in a time when language is being "depleted, polluted, contaminated, eroded, and filled with artificial stimulants". The book centers on her 12 strategies for stewarding language well. They are:

1. Love Words
2. Tell the Truth
3. Don't Tolerate Lies
4. Read Well
5. Stay in Conversation
6. Share Stories
7. Love the Long Sentence
8. Practice Poetry
9. Attend to Translation
10. Play
11. Pray
12. Cherish Silence

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