Category Archives: Film or Book Review

Burn This Book Review: An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England (2007, Brock Clarke)

I’ve been attending the library book club in my city for close to a decade. I often feel that I don’t read enough books, and preparing for the club forces me to add about a dozen each year. This particular … Continue reading

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Word Crimes: Weird Al gets it. Why don’t the grammar police?

Weird Al Yankovic has been releasing videos for his new album this week, and the one for “Word Crimes” (based on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”) has gotten a lot of attention in the news and chat circles I follow — … Continue reading

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Copyediting for Science and Science Fiction: A Couple Tips

I’ve just been reading Robert Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and came across a copyediting error that put me in the frame of mind for a short post. It’s a caution that good copyeditors have to be extra … Continue reading

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In the Garden of Clear References

This post is not a book review (although I’ll mention a particular book several times). I’ve come to appreciate that the integrity of book reviews on the Internet has been subverted to the point where most no longer have any … Continue reading

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Book Review: The James Boys by Richard Liebmann-Smith

A little something from the odds-and-ends file today: a book review. While most of what gets covered here is directly connected to English language usage and vocabulary, especially as it relates to editing, I’m not above bending the rules slightly … Continue reading

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