Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch

Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch

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Great sentences pivot on great verbs. In Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch, Constance Hale, best-selling author of Sin and Syntax, zeroes in on verbs that make bad writing sour and good writing sing. Each chapter in Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch features four sections: "Vex" tackles tough syntax, "Hex" debunks myths about verbs, "Smash" warns of bad writing habits, and "Smooch" showcases exemplary writing. A veteran journalist and writing teacher, Hale peppers her advice with pop-culture references and adapts her expertise for writers of every level. With examples ranging from the tangled clauses of Henry James and the piercing insight of Joan Didion to the punchy gerunds of the Coen brothers and the passive verbs of CEOs on trial, Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch offers a reenergized take on the "little despot of the sentence."

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Book details

  • Paperback
  • 395 pages
  • English
  • 0393347052
  • 9780393347050

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