Synopses & Reviews
In this wise and charming book, Lawrence Weinstein explores how self-expression reveals the psyche and how changing language can change lives. In chapters like Tolerating Ambiguity” and Getting Out of Ones Own Way,” he describes how the proper use of an element of punctuation or syntax, even the simple reversal of an object and subject, can help one become a whole human being. Clear examples, amusing anecdotes, and telling quotes support Weinstein's technique for teaching self-improvement through improved grammar.
Many of us write on a day-to-day basis and without thinking employ the myriad of grammatical elements we all learned in school, like transitive verbs, prepositions, commas, and colons. We may have never considered, as this teacher of expository writing points out, that within these elements lie a wealth of wisdom on how to better ourselves. For instance, Weinstein offers advice on how to become a more a demonstrative person; start first by shouting out loud on paper by using more exclamation points. Each chapter describes how using an element of punctuation or syntax can hasten personal growth.