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“In this book, I have summed up how to put your space in order in a way that will change your life forever.”
This is the ambitious first sentence of Marie Kondo’s best-selling manifesto, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Direct and devoid of clutter, this sentence rings true to her philosophy. Unlike most self-help books, there are no extraneous words, no pandering—the lack of “wink wink” gesturing reads as an appealing, authentic statement.

(This comes from The Economics of Tidying Up by Bourree Lam on May 13, 2015.)

1. the lack of “wink wink” gesturing reads as an appealing, authentic statement
= (the lack of “wink wink” gesturing) reads as (an appealing, authentic statement)
= (the lack of “wink wink” gesturing) is understood as (an appealing, authentic statement)

2. Is 'wink wink gesturing' relevant to 'A wink-wink nudge-nudge', which is a hint that what you're saying implies more than what it seems like on the surface'? If yes, I still don't understand it refers to here.

Thanks in advance!
  • Keith Bradford

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    English (Midlands UK)
    1. Your analysis is correct.
    2. Yes, that's what "nudge nudge, wink wink" refers to. Bourree Lamis saying that Marie Kondo has a simple style with no hint that there is any hidden message, and that this reflects the purpose of the book. The style is the aim, or as McLuhan said the medium is the message.
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