BOOK REVIEW: “GOOD PROSE: THE ART OF NONFICTION”

“Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction”

(Random House)

by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd

Writing about writing is riddled with pitfalls. Take that sentence, even: Should we reconsider the passive voice? Should we clarify which instance of “writing” we mean as a noun and which as a verb form, if either? And, anyway, what do we mean by pitfalls: traps or tricks? Actually, the challenge is more complicated than that. Writing is a specific and individual task: No two pieces can sound the same without one or both being diminished, and no two personalities approach the creative process in exactly the same way. Successful reporting and writing also involve so much of a special kind of pursued luck that they’re usually irreparably harmed when they’re dissected. Reassembled descriptions of the process often end up sounding like prescriptions. Or bragging.

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