Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Mary Norris

“Hilarious. . . . This booklet charmed my socks off.” ―Patricia O’Conner, New York occasions ebook Review

Mary Norris has spent greater than 3 many years in The New Yorker's replica division, retaining its celebrated excessive criteria. Now she brings her enormous event, solid cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to assist the remainder of us in a boisterous language ebook as lively because it is of functional advice.

Between You & Me positive factors Norris's laugh-out-loud descriptions of a few of the most typical and vexing difficulties in spelling, punctuation, and usage―comma faults, danglers, "who" vs. "whom," "that" vs. "which," compound phrases, gender-neutral language―and her transparent reasons of the way to address them. Down-to-earth and continuously open-minded, she attracts on examples from Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, and the Lord's Prayer, in addition to from The Honeymooners, The Simpsons, David Foster Wallace, and Gillian Flynn. She takes us to determine a duplicate of Noah Webster's groundbreaking Blue-Back Speller, on a quest to determine who positioned the hyphen in Moby-Dick, on a pilgrimage to the world's purely pencil-sharpener museum, and contained in the hallowed halls of The New Yorker and her paintings with such celebrated writers as Pauline Kael, Philip Roth, and George Saunders.

Readers―and writers―will locate in Norris neither a scold nor a softie yet a sensible and witty new buddy in love with language and alive to the glories of its use in the United States, even within the age of autocorrect and spell-check. As Norris writes, "The dictionary is a superb factor, yet you cannot permit it push you around."

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