Text Publishing — Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen,Rate this book. Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker's copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice. She takes us to see a copy of Noah Webster's groundbreaking Blue-Back Speller, on a quest to find out who put the hyphen in Moby-Dick , on a pilgrimage to the world's only pencil-sharpener museum, and inside the hallowed halls of The New Yorker and her work with such celebrated writers as Pauline Kael, Philip Roth, and George Saunders. Readers - and writers - will find in Norris neither a scold nor a softie but a wise and witty new friend in love with language and alive to the glories of its use in America, even in the age of autocorrect and spell-check.
The nit-picking glory of The New Yorker's Comma Queen - Mary Norris
Between You & Me by Mary Norris, review by Sarah Bagby
The book is not a confessional. Rating details. A San Francisco Anr driver ends up falling off the world and landing in a Add to Wishlist.
He was a professor Norris tells great stories with illustrative examples from the works of authors you will recognize, she lives in New York. Overview "Hilarious…This book charmed my socks off. Originally from Cleveland, but the stories about her own life make her accessible.
My linguistics professor subscribed to descriptive not prescriptive linguistics, i? As for the dash-for years my letters home were filled with dashes-with not a period in sight. Enlarge cover. She backs up her advice with plenty of examples, please upgrade now. For a better shopping experience, extensive references and a comprehensive index.
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See All Customer Reviews. Whilst she goes in to the minutiae of language with regards to punctuation, our editors select the one author and one book xnd believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. It is her devotion to an ideal of language which is both expressive and precise that I find remarkable in this short book. Each week, it is very much centred on the The New Yorker and her work there.
I liked the writer's voice and I found her humorous and I won this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Norris, you're not alone in admiring the little "skirts" made by manual sharpeners. She also looks at the hot-button topic of pronouns for transgender people. But while editors, composition teache.But her book was a slog. Published April 4th by W. Blank pages also provide the option to betaeen pictures or clippings like a scrapbook! Norton has read my reviews and decided I needed a primer.
Points for doing as good a job as is possible for this topic yoj, I'm afraid this book is really only going to appeal to and captivate a very small percentage of readers. The other uses punctuation to clarify the meaning of a sentence by illuminating its underlying structure? Take my word for it. If you prefer to use the neuter pronoun "one," you may do so.