Ben Yagoda

Friday, February 08, 2013

The New Yorker is "grateful" for Ben Yagoda's How to Not Write Bad

"In addition to enjoying the company of a fellow language nerd on the bus... I found much to be grateful for in the Yagoda." To read more, click here.
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Thursday, February 07, 2013

The Baltimore Sun reviews Ben Yagoda's "lucid" How to Not Write Bad

“Fortunately, Ben Yagoda understands that the trick of achieving what he calls "good-enough writing" is to avoid the errors that make you look like an unskilled writer. In How to Not Write Bad, he identifies a clutch of about fifty problem areas, plentifully illustrated by selections from students' prose. Train yourself to avoid those hazards, he argues, and you will produce respectable prose and be able to move on to more sophisticated effects...His advice is straightforward, plain-spoken, lucid, and sound.” To read the whole review, click here.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Ben Yagoda's How To Not Write Bad on Beth Kephart Books blog!

"[How to Not Write Bad] is a book that asks us to be mindful, to look back over own shoulders at the language trail we leave, to be our own best copy editors, to read, to look things up." To read more, click here.
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Los Angeles Times on Ben Yagoda’s Memoir: A History

"Spirited...Yagoda's incisive exploration is a worthy study of a genre that even now cannot completely be defined." More...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy talks to Ben Yagoda about memoirs

The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy talks to Ben Yagoda about his new book, Memoir: A History. When asked what’s driving the seemingly endless appetite for autobiographical books Yagoda answered, “There’s the longer trend of people being ok with revealing their inner life and secrets…[and] the intersection of voyeurism and exhibitionism…One final factor that people realized on the marketing end of things that a memoir is much more promotable. Traditionally somebody would write a first novel that was autobiographical.” Read the full interview here.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 on Ben Yagoda's Memoir: A History

Memoir: A History offers a pleasant tour through the various manifestations of the form, with Yagoda pointing out landmarks and dropping the occasional witticism or pithy insight.” More...

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