"D.I. writing style"

Subject: "D.I. writing style"
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 21:14:00 -0400

In yesterday's New York Times Magazine, Deborah Solomon interviews Kenneth Pollack. Herewith a brief excerpt:

Solomon: It took you three months to write your new book, which weighs in at some 500 pages. That's less time than it will take most people to read it. How did you do it?

Pollack ("Middle East expert and former C.I.A. analyst"): I attribute that to my C.I.A. background. You have to write very fast at the C.I.A.

Solomon: Is there a C.I.A. literary style?

Pollack: Yes, the D.I. writing style. D.I. stands for Directorate of Intelligence. It is very formulaic. Is is about how you present information in a way that is easily digestible to a busy policy maker. It's very useful.

Solomon: Perhaps the C.I.A. should stop collecting intelligence and instruct us in expository writing instead.

Pollack: I think the English language would be greatly impoverished if we all wrote in the C.I.A. D.I. writing style.


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