Dear Pedants: Your Fave Grammar Rule is Probably Fake

What constitutes ‘correct’ grammar in English seems to have a cyclical life, aided and abetted by new generations of enthusiastic grammarians.
Mervyn Peake

Peake Experiences: Fabian Peake on the Work of His Father, Gothic Fantasy Novelist Mervyn Peake

An interview with the son of Mervyn Peake, author of the Gormenghast trilogy.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Speaker: Linguistic Isolation in the Modern World

Ayapaneco, an endangered Mexican language, sparked linguistic interest when the last two speakers of the language were not speaking to each other

Penguin Books at 80

The beloved Penguin Books is 80 years old.

E.L. Doctorow On New York

Literary giant E.L. Doctorow died in New York — where he lived his entire life — on 07/21. In a 1995 interview, Doctorow reveals what the city meant to him.
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“Between the World and Me”: Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Legacy of James Baldwin

Toni Morrison has compared writer Ta-Nehisi Coates to James Baldwin; find out why here.
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Still Visible: William Styron’s Memoir of Madness 25 Years Later

An interview with the daughter of William Styron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Sophie's Choice.

Ex Machinations in the Turing Test

Artificial Intelligence and the Turing Test.

How Second-Wave Feminists Saw Saturday Morning Cartoons

Before the Bechdel test, second-wave feminists looked at sexist portrayals in Saturday Morning cartoons