Learning the Art of Description from Elegant Nonfiction

I am reading the following article in The New Yorker. It brings Sandy’s aftermath on Staten Island into sharp focus. It is worth study by any writer struggling with descriptions of  people, places, or events. Details are spare and perfectly selected. Similes and metaphors are clean, consistent, and appropriate.

The factual content is timely, fascinating, and important, but, for an attentive reader/writer, it is a master lesson in craft.

Ian Frazier: Hurricane Sandy and the Future of Staten Island : The New Yorker.


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