Re: Emperor's new prose

douglass st.christian (stchri@MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA)
Tue, 5 Apr 1994 17:22:30 -0400

On Tue, 5 Apr 1994, SS51000 wrote:

> C. Pound is quite mistaken to believe that appreciation of clarity
> indicates a lack of pleasure in reading and writing. I enjoy both
> activities. The most pleasurable sentence to read or write is a clear
> one. Clarity has the beauty of crystal. Clarity shares
> the immortality of a mathematical equation. Postmodern so-called
> "writers" deride clarity because it exposes their intellectual
> bankruptcy, and because their "work" is hypocritical faddism.
> --Bob Graber

It is comforting to know that even the most banal drivel can benefit, at
least momentarily, from the crystalline authority of clear prose.

Seems to me anthro-l went through this turgid, juvenile baiting some
months ago, the net effect of which was to leave this reader wondering if
there was any intelligent life on the internet.

A useful discussion - about the nature and 'effect' of clarity in writing
- is certainly not advanced by the whimpering childishness of yet another
one of Graber's insulting, self-satisfied posts.

It is perhaps only me, but it seems the moment I see this
ss51000 name in the from line, I reach automatically for the delete key.
Today I didn't and, as usual, I regret it.