Making Friends — Trying To — With the Dread Serial Comma

By Barbara Falconer Newhall My book contract says that I’m to deliver my manuscript “in conformity with the provisions in The Chicago Manual of … [Read more...]

Book Openers: Barack Obama — How He Got So Smart

By Barbara Falconer Newhall If you haven't yet read President Barack Obama's memoir, Dreams from My Father, don't miss it. It explains, I think, how … [Read more...]

What’s Rhetoric? Let My Two-Year-Old Enlighten You

By Barbara Falconer Newhall What's rhetoric? I've always thought of it as the high-flown, idealistic and/or manipulative language of politics.  But … [Read more...]