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Tagged with “language” (4)

  1. Umberto Eco | The Prague Cemetery

    Umberto Eco’s new book, The Prague Cemetery is "a novel that takes the power of fakery in history to new heights," according to the Times Literary Supplement. "This work of teasing historical pseudo-reconstruction combines an intriguing philosophy of history with an elaborate set of reflections on narrative and the nature of fiction." The author of five bestselling philosophical novels, including The Name of the Rose, Foucault’s Pendulum, and The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, Eco is a medievalist and semiotician at the University of Bologna in Italy.

    Interviewed by Carlin Romano, critic-at-large of The Chronicle of Higher Education 
      (recorded 11/10/2011)

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  2. Jesse Sheidlower: The F-Word

    Oxford English Dictionary editor at large Jesse Sheidlower discusses his new, in-depth look at that most offensive, rhymes-with-pluck, four-letter English obscenity, The F-Word.

    This second edition includes many new words and phrases, F-words from Britain, Ireland, and Australia, and hundreds of new examples of usage. Words, explanations, and examples come from thousands of sources, including Lord Rochester, Norman Mailer, e.e. cummings, Ernest Hemingway, Liz Phair, Jack Kerouac, Anne Sexton, Playboy, and the Internet.


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  3. Think You Know ‘How To Write A Sentence’? : NPR

    Most people know a good sentence when they read one, but New York Times columnist Stanley Fish says most of us don’t really know how to write them ourselves. His new book, How To Write A Sentence: And How To Read One, is part ode, part how-to guide to the art of the well-constructed sentence.


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  4. Weird and Wonderful Words

    In "Wordcatcher: An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words," Phil Cousineau delves into the curious etymologies of words ranging from the seemingly straightforward to the utterly obscure. Cousineau joins us in studio to discuss the hidden histories and meanings of the 250 words profiled in his book. An author and filmmaker, Cousineau has published 26 nonfiction books and has 15 scriptwriting credits to his name.

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