The Tao of Style, Part 1

ritten by a hermit named Lao Zi some 2,000 years before the printing press was invented, the Tao te Ching would, at first glance, seem to have little to offer the modern writer, but its deceptively simple wisdom is as timeless and as it is universal. China’s greatest emperors looked to it for advice on how to rule. The grand strategist Sun Tzu built his classic the Art of War on its foundation. Generations of Chinese scholars had to commit its…