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Ooh! Ftrain Paul links to something lovely—“MANUAL”, a collection by the best web writers out there, including Mr. Ford himself. The organizing theme is the concept of ‘how to…’, and Dean Allen’s design is as elegant as anything yet produced by a bearded man.

How-to guides have a venerable history, from Addison and Steele’s 18th century Gentleman’s Magazine right up to The Rules (spoofed in this collection by Alexis Massie. I’m addicted to them, though rarely smart enough to follow the prescriptions. There can hardly be a group of people less qualified to advise than writers, so this collection should be entertaining.