Congratulations to all the MacArthur Fellows including our Penguin Poet, Terrance Hayes, whose new book of poetry comes out next April!
See all the geniuses and bow down at their virtual feet by clicking here.
Just two weeks until Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style!
Here’s Pinker’s full explanation on punctuation inside quotations: “The rule in American publications … is that when quoted material appears at the end of a phrase or sentence, the closing quotation mark goes outside the comma or period, like this,” rather than inside, like this”. The practice is patently illogical: the quotation marks enclose a part of the phrase or sentence, and the comma or period signals the end of that entire phrase or sentence, so putting the comma or period inside the quotation marks is like Superman’s famous wardrobe malfunction of wearing his underwear outside his pants. But long ago some American printer decided that the page looks prettier without all that unsightly white space above and to the left of a naked period or comma, and we have been living with the consequences ever since.”
My favourites bookcase :)
The Odyssey: Kid literally tells his mother to be quiet and go upstairs to her room to do crafts.
Walden: Man pens an epic tome about nature and self-sufficiency while living about a mile from a sizable town and having his mom do his laundry.
Anna Karenina: A young woman falls in love with a man who falls in love with his horse.
…and many more ways you can #ExplainABookPlotBadly.
Head over to The Scientist to read an excerpt from THE LAGOON: HOW ARISTOTLE INVENTED SCIENCE by Armand Marie Leroi
Home bread master Samuel Fromartz learns by doing — and writing -
After 17 years of home baking, Samuel Fromartz pens a meditation on quest for ‘the perfect loaf’