Language Arts

To Sleep, Perchance to ‘Sleep and Think’ To Sleep, Perchance to ‘Sleep and Think’

Conlangs often succeed only in stripping language of its surprise.

Sep 1, 2009 / Books & the Arts / Ange Mlinko

Lingo: Fopcorn Lingo: Fopcorn

Is the history of English really the history of adult learners of a second language?

Jun 16, 2009 / Books & the Arts / Ange Mlinko

Dirt Dogs and Jinegar: Baseball’s Slang Dirt Dogs and Jinegar: Baseball’s Slang

The richness of baseball's old, weird vernacular is pure, pointless creativity.

May 13, 2009 / Books & the Arts / Nick Stillman

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

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