Good writing overrated?

Michael Kinsley

Michael Kinsley writes in his critique of a recent Felix Salmon blog post:

“Occasionally over the years, I have attempted to argue that factual accuracy is overrated. I won’t bore you with the reasons, but it struck me as a good, solid, counterintuitive belief to lug around and display occasionally. Never did it occur to me, until I read Felix’s blog post, that it might be possible, without seeming insane, to argue that all aspects of good writing — accuracy, logic, spelling, graceful turns of phrase, wisdom and insight, puns (only good ones), punctuation, proper grammar and syntax (and what’s the difference between those two again?) — are all overrated.”

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  1. Fish. Barrel. Bang.

  2. Calton said:

    Well, Gerard, I can imagine why you find good writing “overrated”, given your editorial experience and output.