Style is the How of the What: Sven Birkerts on Writer’s Block

“Style, I’ll define here, for my selfish purposes, as the verbal/lexical confirmation that I’m in the right relation to my impulses, my so-called material. “The right words in the right order”: style is the outer face of the inner impulse, its realization. It is not a frippery, an adornment, an excess. Style is the how of the what.”

Read the whole essay at the LA Review of Books.

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