“Clumsy, Obscure, Unpleasant to Read”


At The Chronicle of Higher Education, Steven Pinker, a professor of psychology at Harvard University, wonders why so much academic writing is—well—bad.

Alex Norcia is a writer living in Brooklyn. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in VICE, The Millions, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Electric Literature, Word Riot, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. He is an editor-at-large at The Offing. More from this author →