From Bookreporter.com, a review of The Coldest Winter, David Halberstam’s last book.
Monthly Archives: January 2008
This is a hodge-podge of grammar-related and linguistic trivia, including famous first and last words, dying languages, and puns such as “The Syntax of Sin Tax.” A “Best of the Blog” feature looks at how sports club owners got wealthy enough to own their teams, something the author calls his “dream job.” Finally, there’s a glimpse at what might have been had actors accepted some of the famous roles for which they were considered. It’s a fun balance between grammar-nerd nuggets and word-association knowledge — such as the overview of Chicago culture by way of the Chicago Manual of Style.
In Mental Floss, January/February 2008
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The literary icon of the beat generation took his muse from the complications of his youth: a schizophrenic mother and a demanding father, as well as the search for self in straight-laced mid-century America. Inspired by the likes of Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, Ginsberg created a new style, raging against the constrictions of traditional poetry and become himself an inspiration to artists of all stripes, including Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Philip Glass, and U2. Along with a digestible biography, the article also includes a primer on Howl, his watershed poetry collection.
In Mental Floss by Ransom Riggs, January/February 2008
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