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Enough Already!

In “The Man Who Found Forrest Fenn’s Treasure,” Daniel Barbarisi uses the word solve five times. And in four of + more

Mistakes Were Made

“People who have not published books are often appalled at typos,” writes Alan Jacobs, “because they think their presence means + more

The More Things Change…

The November 16, 1920 edition of the Spokane Daily Chronicle reports on a disturbing trend: University of Idaho undergraduates “intent + more

Ode to the Humble Ballpoint Pen

From the November 12, 1945 issue of Time magazine: In Manhattan’s Gimbel Bros., Inc., thousands of people all but trampled + more

Quote of the Day

“Those who wring their hands about the decline of the language sometimes worry too much about the wrong things. They + more

Poetry Break

The late Clive James, from his final book The Fire of Joy, out tomorrow: My understanding of what a poem + more

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

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