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What we do…

As the decades have come and gone, I’ve had my hands on a majority of the projects that have passed + more

Happy National Punctuation Day®!

Big day today, everyone—big day: “A celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of + more

Stop! Grammar Time!

“The old man the boats.” “The prime number few.” “Fat people eat accumulates.” There’s a clever linguistic term for these + more

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Shot: “I sometimes wonder if there have not been two great disasters in the history of modern letters: the first when + more

The Secret to Ursula’s Success

According to Open Culture, Ursula K. Le Guin had the best work schedule: I don’t know the degree to which + more

Quote of the Day

“Thinking is generally thought of as doing nothing in a production-oriented culture, and doing nothing is hard to do. It’s + more

Stop! Grammar Time!

My brother-in-law sent this, from Wikipedia, via email this morning… …with a question: “Is Donald Campbell the son of Malcom + more

We’re Doomed (part 763,842)

Just when I was starting to think that maybe—just maybe—millennials have been unfairly maligned, more evidence emerges that this generation + more

“Will you type curse words?”

From Wesley McNair’s wonderful piece about the late poet Donald Hall and his assistant Kendel Currier, three things are abundantly + more

Pretending to Be Adults

“Not quite a cliché, not quite a term of art,” writes Olga Khazan, “a buzzword is a profound-seeming phrase devised + more

Stop! Grammar Time!

You’ve all heard the rule: “I before E except after C.” But as the great Stephen Fry points out, it’s…not + more

Stop! Grammar Time!

This one’s a beast: affect or effect? The simplest answer is that affect is a verb; effect is a noun. + more

A Capital Idea

Kwame Anthony Appiah has an interesting piece over at the Atlantic on language and usage, racial designation as social identity, + more

Time is money. Or something.

“People who don’t write think that writing is just the physical act,” says author Edward P. Jones, “but first come + more

Stop! Grammar Time!

“English is an immensely complicated language to get right,” writes Mark Forsyth, “and native speakers often have no idea of + more

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