Sent to me by Boots reader Kasia Chalko, this goes with both barrels after E.B. White and William Strunk and their Elements of Style.
I think they've had it coming for awhile for selling so many copies of such a smug book. But the only people who can defend it are professional writers who have found it helpful.*
* My writing teachers were my father, my college professor Jack Null, Larry Ragan, Alden Wood, Mike O'Malley and Digby Whitman. Drinking from those firehoses, I never got around to reading Elements. But I have long used a line from Elements to force me to reread my stuff for clarity: "When you say something, make sure you have said it. The chances of your having said it are only fair."