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Move Your Story Right Along: The Elements of Style Rap

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“Here to teach you how to put the pen down right.”

In 1918, William Strunk penned The Elements of Style, which his former student E.B. White revised in 1959, more than a decade after Strunk’s passing. This expanded edition became one of the most influential nonfiction books ever written and went on to sell more than 10 million copies. Nearly a century later, Columbia grad students Jake Heller (“Strunk”) and Ben Teitelbaum (“White”) pay homage to the iconic style manual, delivering what’s easily the most delightful take on the classic since Maira Kalman’s illustrated edition.

Behold the Elements of Style rap.

And with lines like…

…always write with intent / each word precious / like Benjamins that you spend…”

…what’s not to love?

HT @flavorpill

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