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Category Archives: I Usta be an Editor Y’Know

GIMME AN O! GIMME AN X! GIMME AN …

LET’S CELEBRATE the Oxford comma and its use at this website. Indeed, it made its debut here only yesterday with that second comma in “greed, stupidity, and political corruption.” There’s … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

PAPER CHASE!

DESPITE OUR “paperless society,” my computer printer still inexplicably keeps asking for the stuff. And I learned a lot more about it in the London Review of Books, June 15, … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

WHAT AN ODD LANGUAGE ENGLISH IS

AEON IS a not-for-profit digital magazine “committed to big ideas, serious enquiry and a humane worldview.” Founded in London in 2012, it publishes thoughtful essays, ideas and videos on all … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

TWO WINSTONS—AND A FAMILY PORTRAIT

A TWO-PERSON biography described in The New York Times Book Review, June 11, 2017, reminded me of a family portrait in one of our bookcases. The common theme is the … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

WHAT AN IDIOT! WELL, IF THE POLL FITS…

I LOVE learning word origins. The New York Times, June 12, 2017, carried “Trump and the True Meaning of ‘Idiot,’ ” an interesting etymological piece by Eric Anthamatten. What brought … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

CELEBRATING MORT SAHL

LONG BEFORE BILL Maher and John Oliver, even before Lenny Bruce and George Carlin, there was Mort Sahl. And there still is! A recent Tweet from Sahl: “Executive Privilege is … Continue reading

June 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

PETROGRAD NIGHTS—AND DAYS

IN THE long view of history, St. Petersburg, Russia, was called Petrograd for only the briefest of periods, 1914 to 1924. During that decade, though, it was central in a … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · 1 Comment