Writing style

Academics have created an algorithm to spot a bestseller with an accuracy of 84%. Which trait was displayed in less successful books? [Correct answer:] A higher percentage of verbs.  (Obs 9/2/14 Tech Monthly p. 29)

So many poor books are written because writers have so little knowledge of the world outside their studies … the most perfect books have been not by those who thought much of books, but by those who thought little. (Walter Bagehot, quoted in LRB 6/2/14 p. 10)

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