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Writing Without Teachers by Peter Elbow

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It goes without saying that writing skills are crucial for a blogger. Peter Elbow’s «Writing Without Teachers» is a classic book on writing which is still fresh, full of interesting ideas and useful advice. This book is not about «good writing» and «bad writing». You won’t find there advice on grammatical constructions or usage. Instead, […]

English Literature in Eight Books

Non-English speakers wishing to improve their English can’t miss getting to know English literature. But what to start with? In this short review, I’ve chosen one notable and characteristic book from each historical period. Check your knowledge of the basics and fill in the gaps! 1. 20th century: «1984» «1984» is a dystopian novel by […]

First post, or Hello world!

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As far as I know, nobody reads first posts. What a pity — some of them are worth reading. Here are the first posts of blogs I read most. Although long forgotten, they are often symbolic. Gapingvoid’s first post — titled «Contact» (isn’t it symbolic, with the focus on conversation his blog has?) 37signals — […]