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Writing Well: Why Bother?

My sister recently sent me a link to a piece in The Daily Beast called “Why Kim Kardashian Can’t Write Good.”  It was written by a fellow named John McWhorter who appears to be a professor of some sort (music?)  His analysis of Ms. Kardashian’s lack of writing skills is brief–she had only a high school education that “unsurprisingly did not teach her the finer points of how to write a sentence.”  Then he moves on to the real reasons for his essay:  Defending Cornel West’s lack of written scholarship and, more crucially, the idea that good writing doesn’t matter anyway. Continue reading