Category Archives: WORDS

Children’s Publishing May Be 80 Percent Female, But It’s Having An Intense Me Too Moment

The accusations (anonymous at first) sparked an intense discussion as “at an awkward moment for the industry, which had gathered Monday at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Denver to announce its most coveted awards for children and young adult literature.” Agents, editors, and publishing houses dropped some of the most famous male authors […]

How ‘Lolita’ Provided One Teenaged Victim A Path Out Of Sexual Abuse And Molestation

“I wanted to read Lolita because I believed it would mitigate my sexual shame. The similarity between the novel’s plot and my day-to-day life had sent me on a Google search, where I read excerpts and watched trailers of both film adaptations, categorized under ‘crime,’ ‘drama’ and ‘romance.’ Until then it had never occurred to […]

How Lewis And Clark Added More Than A Thousand Words To American English

“[President Jefferson] knew that future mapmakers, naturalists, and other scientists would rely on the valuable first-hand knowledge that Lewis and Clark collected. He encouraged them to make their observations ‘with great pains and accuracy … for others as well as yourself.’ That meant that every time they encountered an unfamiliar plant, animal, landscape feature, or […]

How Lewis And Clark Added More Than A Thousand Words To American English

“[President Jefferson] knew that future mapmakers, naturalists, and other scientists would rely on the valuable first-hand knowledge that Lewis and Clark collected. He encouraged them to make their observations ‘with great pains and accuracy … for others as well as yourself.’ That meant that every time they encountered an unfamiliar plant, animal, landscape feature, or […]

When Books Become Vessels Of Meaning They Weren’t Intended To Be

“What makes bibliomancy fascinating is that unlike other forms of divination, it trades in something which already has an interpretable meaning – words. Perhaps a butcher can figure out the narrative that a sheep’s liver conveys, but that The Aeneid, as indeed all texts, has a meaning requires no suspension of disbelief, even if the meanings which […]