Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775
A professor passes sentence on syntax and other tricks of the trade
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Aside from Strunk and White's Elements of Style , I've never been much of a fan of books that say they can teach you to write. Elements , a modern classic, is, in reality, a superior and accessible book of grammar that can assist the already proficient to be that much better; but it could never on its...
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The ongoing quest to retrieve art looted by the Nazis
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Something extraordinary occurred recently in the long, ongoing battle to retrieve art looted from Jews by the Nazis.
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Author revisits one of the seminal moments in modern feminism
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Stephanie Coontz makes a point repeatedly in her new book, A Strange Stirring , a study of feminist Betty Friedan, author of the groundbreaking bestseller, The Feminine Mystique . Coontz reminds readers often that Friedan disliked Daniel Horowitz's biographical study of her, which appeared in 1998 and looked into Friedan's political background. Perhaps disliked is too tame a...
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A guide to singers and songs that's encyclopedic in its details
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Pantheon Books has given A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers by Will Friedwald a beautiful outer design, with a simple but effective cover that uses art and graphics with consummate skill. Your interest is peaked. But then you open the book and your heart sinks. This really is just a guide after all, with...
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Of all the artists known as Abstract Expressionists -- those color field, action-painting revolutionaries who, with just a few bold splashes of paint in the 1950s, shifted the art capital of the world from Paris to Manhattan -- the least well-known of them has probably always been Philip Guston (that is, if you're not mentioning the sole original woman Hedda...
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