Migrants, Refugees, and Expats: How Humanity Comes in Waves

The language we use for people fleeing their home nations may define them as less than human.
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Dali, Surrealism and…Fashion Magazines?

Salvador Dail injected Surrealism into fashion magazines in the 1930s and 1940s, to lasting influence.

Yas Queen! It’s the Spelling Reform School for Wayward Words

Debates over English spelling reform have existed for centuries.
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The Internet Didn’t Doom the Daily New Orleans Times-Picayune; Katrina Did

The Times-Picayune had no choice after Katrina but to publish primarily online.

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.
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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.