The Linguistic Police

Hey friends! A couple of weeks ago I heard this interview on NPR’s All Things Considered about Ammon Shea’s new book, Bad English. Shea, who also wrote Reading the OED, examines the histories of certain English words… Continue reading

On HBO’s ‘Girls’

Do you watch HBO’s series Girls? This week I’m working on a chapter for an edited volume approaching the show from a variety of theoretical angles. It’s going pretty well, so far–which tends to… Continue reading

Writing Again

Dear friends, It has been a long time since I have written here! Over the last year several things have happened. First, I passed my oral comprehensive exams and achieved ABD status (wheee!).… Continue reading

Word-o’-the-Week: Tit for Tat

“But if young women are well practiced in the arts of marginal revenge, the universe has its own sense of tit for tat.” —from Rules of Civility by Amor Towles Once in a while… Continue reading

A Story from the Torah That I’d Never Read Before-ah

Get it? Ha. Today I’m proofreading a book about heroic women of the Old and New Testaments. (This isn’t an innovative, never-been-done-before concept for a book or anything, but as a woman who… Continue reading

Audiobook Rec: ‘Quiet’ by Susan Cain

A few (several?) years ago I took a Myers-Briggs exam at my undergraduate university. I don’t remember all of the results (since at the time, I thought “personality type” was totally bunk-y), but… Continue reading

Word-o’-the-Week: Cancer

Hi everyone! There is some good news to report regarding my mom—specifically, that a PET-scan from Thursday indicated that the tumor in her pancreas has not metastasized to other regions. We asked the… Continue reading

Marilyn Reads

Last week I linked to this photo of Marilyn Monroe reading a copy of Ulysses (gracing the cover of Poets & Writers, source: NYTimes): Yeah, maybe she’s only reading the end of Ulysses if you look closely,… Continue reading

Happy Bloomsday!

Happy June 16, everyone! It’s the day to celebrate Bloomsday! Now to be honest, I’ve never read James Joyce’s Ulysses, and I’m convinced that 99.9% of people have not. But I have read some… Continue reading

Wordle Beautiful

Have you ever used Wordle? It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing! A friend of mine who teaches creative writing told me about this site, where you turn your writing samples into “beautiful word clouds.”… Continue reading

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