Today’s post essentially is another’s words about others’ words…after a few of my words.

Congratulations to Strunk and White on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Elements of Style. Pen should not touch paper, nor should fingers touch keyboard, unless within five feet of this tome.

From the inscription my mother wrote when she gave me my copy:

April 2003

To Derek,
This “little” book pulsates with information, intellect, and insight. I know you will enjoy it & believe it will be helpful in what I know will be a successful literary career.

All my love to you,
Mom

P.S. Every word has a “mission.”

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