Here are the plain facts: many of these pop grammar rules, that are still seriously taught in schools and universities and even promoted (and inevitably violated) in style guides, were magically pulled out of thin air by a handful of 18th and 19th century prescriptive grammarians.
So why do we take “the rules” so seriously?
by Chi Luu in Dear Pedants: Your Fave Grammar Rule is Probably Fake
I look forward every year to the review of the best essays of the year selected by David Brooks. This is from another interesting review, The 100 Best Articles and Essays of 2015 and 2016, selected by The Electric Typewriter.