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By John McAfee
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Stanley Fish
Persuasion is a useful skill in a democracy - indispensable if you are to win the battle of ideas. Adam Garfinkle wants to be your coach. His game plan is in "Political Writing: A Guide to the Essentials."
Who is Stanley Fish to tell us how to write and read a sentence? Well, for starters, he has been the dean of liberal arts and sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has taught at Duke, Johns Hopkins and Berkeley universities, and today he is the Davidson-Kahn distinguished university professor and a law professor at Florida International University.
We're moving swiftly into postliterate America, and more's the pity. Many of us can't write a coherent, straightforward, easy-to-read sentence. Nobody but a "tiger mother" seems interested in teaching her cubs how to write clearly.
I believe it was Jean Giraudoux who first said, "Only the mediocre are always at their best." Barack Obama was supposed to be the best, the very best, and yet he is always, reliably, consistently mediocre. His speech on oil was no better or worse than his speech on race. Yet the Obammyboppers who once squealed with delight are weary of last year's boy band.
In one, he quotes Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: "Interior decorating is a rock-hard science compared to psychology practiced by amateurs."
Then consider this: He has written 12 books and is a weekly columnist for the New York Times.