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Strunk and White

On This Matter of Learning to Write

Bill Stieger | Posted 07.13.2014 | Books
Bill Stieger

If a would-be writer is serious about his intention to become a fine writer, he would do well to get his head out of the vampire/zombie dreck that somehow passes for literature and discover the masters.

Beware of Spell Check

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Nick Kolakowski

Spell check is vital for many people who, for one reason or another, have trouble with certain words. It wants to help you out: the problems only start when you use it as an excuse to avoid the necessary reread.

WATCH: Hilarious, Ridiculous 'Elements Of Style' Rap

Zoë Triska | Posted 02.18.2012 | Books
Zoë Triska

I decided to bring just one book, to act as a symbol of my monumental move (as a former Literature major, everything is symbolic to me). The one I chose was the newer edition of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style with beautiful illustrations by Maira Kalman.

Grammar Pet Peeves: Em Dashes—Why Writers Should Use Them More Sparingly

Slate Magazine | Noreen Malone | Posted 07.26.2011 | Books

According to the Associated Press Stylebook--Slate's bible for all things punctuation- and grammar-related--there are two main prose uses--the abrupt ...

How to Write a Sentence -- and Why

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Stanley Fish's new book, How to Write A Sentence, is a fun book to read for the provided quotations alone. But don't skip the stuff in-between. That's where the lessons are.

Pickup Lines

Jay Neugeboren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jay Neugeboren

For my eighty-seventh birthday, my son Marvin, a retired New York City high school English teacher, sent me a gift certificate for a weekend conference here in Miami on how to pick up women.

Large and in Charge

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

Whether you're colonizing natives in the New World or trying to keep women down without actually having to do anything, it's always good to make the people you control feel that everything is their idea.

Paper of Record Is No Longer Interesting

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Richard Laermer

Newspapers strive to be viewed as the defenders of society -- holding government and industry accountable for their actions in instances where the eve...

March Madness: Smart Money Says Cornell

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dennis Danziger

This year I've adopted a new system. I'm betting on the colleges with the highest SAT scores and the strictest admission's policies.