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    Steerpike Felis amatus Contributor

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    David Foster Wallace on how to argue persuasively

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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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