Monthly Archives: July 2015

Nonsense Handbook

Book Review

Robert J. Gula, Nonsense: Red Herrings, Straw Men and Sacred Cows: How We Abuse Logic in Our Everyday Language, Axios Press, 2007.

The author intended to write a “timeless handbook of verbal logic.” Using everyday language and examples, he succeeded. Spending a few minutes twice a week reading and thinking about a specific logical error has improved my writing and my ability to identify nonsense quickly in news stories. I recommend this inexpensive but valuable paperback.