Joined: May 2006
|Quote (stevestory @ July 12 2007,20:12)|
|Arden's our resident linguist, so this question's mostly posed to him, but not exclusively:|
I'm not a very literary person. I mostly read nonfiction. For instance, here's what I'm reading now. But when I read fiction, two authors stand out for their gorgeous English. Shakespeare and P.G. Wodehouse. Is there any special reason why? Are there other writers of that caliber?
Well, I basically just read non-fiction too, but I have encountered several writers who's best work has an almost lyrical quality to me. One is Bill Bryson, who's penultimate book is all sciency and what not. Another wonderful non-fiction writer is Michael Wallis (the voice of the sheriff in "Cars"). He is most known for his celebrations of Route 66, but I think his book about The 101 Ranch is fantastic. A better place to start might be this book of short stories.
Another non-fiction writer who has the ability to really make you feel the emotions he is writing about is William Least Heat Moon. Of course, he seems to me to have an issue with depression, so that may not always be a good thing. He is best known for Blue Highways, but I think PrairyErth is better. I found River Horse to be a difficult read because of the apparent depression.
It's natural to be curious about our world, but the scientific method is just one theory about how to best understand it. We live in a democracy, which means we should treat every theory equally. - Steven Colbert, I Am America (and So Can You!)