Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul 22

So It's Come to This, OR Ow My Aching Back

I have a desk job. And I’m writing a book. And I live on the Internet. All of this means that I spend a lot of time sitting down. Add to this the fact that I was in high school when mall bangs were still very much in evidence, and you have a recipe for …

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Jul 12

In Which I Recommend The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane is terrifying and comforting, grounded and fanciful, delicate and powerful. But most of all, it is a true representation of childhood—or rather, of revisiting childhood as an adult. It is, in other words, a Gaiman sort of book, and if that’s enough for you to …

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Jul 08

What "Good Grammar" Really Means (Hint: It's Maybe Not What You Think)

If you want to start a fight, there are a few go-to topics that will do the job. One of them is mamas. Another is politics. A third is grammar. I try never to talk politics—or mamas. But I will throw down about grammar. (Mostly, I’m talking about written grammar.) Grammar purists, AKA pedants, are …

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