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Between You and Me - Confessions of Comma Queen

Mary Norris

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Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker's copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice. Between You & Me features Norris's laugh-out-loud descriptions of some of the most common and vexing problems in spelling, punctuation, and usage—comma faults, danglers, "who" vs. "whom," "that" vs. "which," compound words, gender-neutral language—and her clear explanations of how to handle them. Down-to-earth and always open-minded, she draws on examples from Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, and the Lord's Prayer, as well as from The Honeymooners, The Simpsons, David Foster Wallace, and Gillian Flynn. She takes us to see a copy of Noah Webster's groundbreaking Blue-Back Speller, on a quest to find out who put the hyphen in Moby-Dick, on a pilgrimage to the world's only pencil-sharpener museum, and inside the hallowed halls of The New Yorker and her work with such celebrated writers as Pauline Kael, Philip Roth, and George Saunders.

Language:

English

Length:

8h 10m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

31:01


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

50:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

53:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

51:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

38:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

47:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

50:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

37:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

30:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

58:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

00:22