writing

Cursed by knowledge

Style guides aren’t known for being riveting reads, but Pinker’s The Sense of Style isn’t just a style guide but a long hard look at the problems that come with academic writing through the lens of cognitive psychology.

I was...

If I’d had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.

This well-known witticism, apparently uttered by Blaise Pascal, Mark Twain, Victor Meldrew and many others, reflects a counterintuitive thought – writing in a clear and concise fashion can be surprisingly...

Psychotherapy and other stories

Frank Tallis on life as a clinical psychologist and novelist

It is still considered somewhat unusual for an individual to straddle C.P. Snow’s ‘two cultures’ divide. We live in a society in which...