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[Susan notes: Short and to the point.]

Published in New York Times
11/09/2004

To the editor



Re "Modifying the Subject" (Education Life, Nov. 7), about a revival in grammar instruction:



What really makes good writers is reading. I grew up in a family whose love of books bordered on fetishism. At Christmas and birthdays, books were the gifts of choice. When I was an adolescent, my natural desire for battery-powered playthings was rarely indulged; as a 40-year-old, I consider myself lucky to have missed the intellectually stunting onslaught of video games.



Reading, and not the memorization of rules, is what instills the instincts necessary for good writing.



Scott Cole


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