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    David Foster Wallace on how to argue persuasively

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Steerpike, Dec 6, 2013.

    I found this article from the American Bar Association interesting. It reproduces a 2006 interview of David Foster Wallace conducted by Bryan Garner. I get these links via email, but I don't think you need to have any kind of membership to view the material.

    http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/david_foster_wallace_gives_advice_on_arguing_persuasively/?utm_source=maestro&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_email
     
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    He raises a lot of interesting points, and I can agree with them, though if I'm writing some legal document, I won't be spending a ton of time making sure the transitions are right and all that. As long as I get the point across, I'm satisfied. Making it aesthetically pleasing is of secondary concern.
     
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    I've only read the response to his first question and already he speaks to something that vexes me constantly: the disconnect between what we find in the great novels and the advice people give as to what should and should not be presented in a novel, namely, pronounced theme.

    I love his commentary on in-group jargon. His description is precisely the correct definition of slang. Words and syntax that serve as a badge of membership in a group. Fascinating how he delineates that the purpose of the words as a paradigm can end up subverting the individual purpose of the words themselves. I love the fractal nature of language, patterns ever repeating. What urban youth do with one another in their manner of speech is perfectly reflected in form in the eye-crossing complexity of legal speech, of which you have seen me complain often when I am tasked to untangle it in translation. ;)
     
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    InterASSting article. There seems to be a pretty universal science to the methodology he has described in the structuring of arguments that appeal to humans. I came to a lot of the very conclusions he talked about from studying Fiction House Jungle Comics and The Foundations of Leninism.
     

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