Language Arts

Lingo: And Then Some Lingo: And Then Some

Would a master thesaurus contain the history of human perception?

Apr 14, 2009 / Books & the Arts / Ange Mlinko

Lingo: What Child Is This? Lingo: What Child Is This?

This is Lingo, a new occasional column about language. Is language acquisition uncanny or orphic?

Mar 17, 2009 / Books & the Arts / Ange Mlinko

Philadelphia Rising Philadelphia Rising

The mayor's budget plan would close libraries. The people say, Think again.

Mar 11, 2009 / Books & the Arts / Robert S. Eshelman

Pixies, Sheilas, Dirtbags and Cougar Bait: Modern Slang Pixies, Sheilas, Dirtbags and Cougar Bait: Modern Slang

There's more slang than dictionaries can capture, but two new lexicons speak volumes on the riches of language.

Dec 10, 2008 / Books & the Arts / Caleb Crain

Seeing Past the Ivy: Do Literary Mandarins Put Reading At Risk? Seeing Past the Ivy: Do Literary Mandarins Put Reading At Risk?

Why the commentariat's response to hand-wringing about "the decline of reading" condescends to the large mass of nonspecialist readers.

Oct 21, 2008 / Books & the Arts / William Deresiewicz

The Problem Is Empire The Problem Is Empire

The challenge to the peace movement is not to liberalize the empire; the task is to peacefully and steadily bring it to an end--and make democracy safe for the world.

Sep 2, 2008 / Books & the Arts / Tom Hayden

A Magic Moment for America A Magic Moment for America

The nomination of Barack Obama--so able intellectually, morally and spiritually--marks a magic moment for America, culminating the hopes of those who worked for a more perfect unio...

Aug 5, 2008 / Books & the Arts / Rev. Jesse L. Jackson

People of Conscience, Challenge the President! People of Conscience, Challenge the President!

After eight years of misgovernment, Americans must join together to restore our democracy, the rule of law, and our nation's moral standing on history's high road.

May 30, 2008 / Books & the Arts / Ross C. Anderson

The Light Stuff The Light Stuff

The Kindle e-reader lightens your load, but can you curl up with it in bed?

Apr 22, 2008 / Books & the Arts / Melanie Rehak

Victim ‘Hood Victim ‘Hood

An account of the most recent installment in the nation's sick love affair with literary exhibitionists.

Mar 25, 2008 / Books & the Arts / Chris Lehmann

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