American novelist Elmore Leonard died on Tuesday. The event provided a chance to review his life’s work, which started with dime westerns and included laconic crime novels and movies. It also included his influential "10 Rules of Writing," first published in a New York Times essay in 2001.
The Web figuratively exploded this week with an uproar over the sudden realization that dictionaries acknowledge the figurative use of literally.
The figurative tidal wave of vitriol and subsequent calls for calm moved quickly from Reddit to Twitter to the language blogs to CNN. If you were literally under a rock all week, my apologies. Here is what you missed.
The Wall Street Journal’s iconic Style & Substance blog is now under the direction of editors Bill Power and Jennifer Hicks. The July 1 edition was the last for Paul Martin, longtime defender of proper usage and good sense.
Martin created the house bulletin 27 years ago. He retired as a full-time staff member in 2001, but remained WSJ's point man on style. Thursday’s Style & Substance was the first produced by Power and Hicks, who wrote:
The publishing industry is, understandably, interested in the critical conversations that take place about books. But are critical conversations taking place? And what role do user reviews and recommendations have in the new digital literary culture? A few recent articles are examining these questions and bringing more questions to light.
It can be so difficult to attend all these tweetchats and webinars and still get your work done. In case you missed today's #APStyleChat on travel style, here's are the highlights. Save them for your next travel-related manuscript.
It's onboard and guidebook, always.
Hotels can have miniscule rooms, but not minuscule ones.
For the pre-Lent celebration, Carnival is capped.
Museum exhibitss re-create history, not recreate it.