Book platform Oyster launched this month and was immediately hailed as a game-changer in the way we consume books. The subscription service, similar to Netflix or Spotify, gives readers access to a huge library of books for reading whenever they like, up to 10 titles at a time.
The tension of a spelling bee is lessened when you can actively root against contestants, something frowned upon in middle school. But the National Press Club’s Centennial Spelling Bee this week pitted Washington journalists against lawmakers from each party, and eventually, women against men.
Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia emerged nonpareil on the stage, correctly spelling nonpareil to defeat Rebecca Sinderbrand of Politico.
There is a great sense of energy and optimism when scores of word lovers get together to talk about their craft over various hot and cool drinks. On Sunday and Monday, the venue was the University of Exeter for the 24th annual conference of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. The theme this year was "Editing at the Crossroads."
Last week, former intelligence analyst Bradley Manning announced through his lawyer that he identifies as a woman and wants to be called Chelsea Manning.
For the media outlets, the immediate challenge was whether to refer to Manning as Bradley or Chelsea. Should they use masculine or feminine pronouns?
I don’t envy the reporters or editors who had to deal with this question on deadline. There’s little enough time in daily journalism to write and edit before you have to publish. There’s no time to discuss the finer points of pronoun usage.
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.