Maguire, John G., with an introduction by Valerie Strauss. “Why So Many College Students Are Lousy at Writing—and How Mr. Miyagi Can Help.” The Washington Post, 27 April 2012, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer- sheet/wp/2017/04/27/why-so-many-college-students-are-lousy-at-writing-and- how-mr-miyagi-can-help/.
3 Ibid., emphasis added.
4 Greenbaum, Leonard. “The Tradition of Complaint.” College English, vol. 31, no. 2, 1969, pp. 174–187. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/374119.
5 Strauss and Maguire.
7 It’s worth noting that most singular definitions of “good writing” are deeply entrenched in racist, sexist, and jingoist prejudice. This is not news to the National Council of Teachers of English, who originally published “Students’ Right to Their Own Language” in 1974, nor to Asao B. Inoue who recently published an outstanding textbook on the matter. Maguire missed that memo, I suppose.
8 “Rhetoric.” Oxford English Dictionary, 2018,
9 Also worth consideration are mode an medium, which are often closely related to SOAP, but not explored in-depth in this book. This acronym comes to me courtesy of Daniel Hershel.
10 Granted, these examples are also in different rhetorical modes, but you get the point.
11 Le Guin, 220.
Le Guin, Ursula K. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ace, 1987.