Articles by Stephen Dodson
December 3, 2012
It’s got enough rave reviews and awards that you’re very likely aware of it, but just in case: it’s one of the best travel books I’ve ever read.
December 1, 2011
The novel takes us places we don’t want to go, but does so with a humane insistence we find impossible to resist.
April 6, 2011
What might have been (and in many texts on rhetoric is) a dry analysis full of rebarbative Greco-Latin terminology (epizeuxis!) becomes an enchanted garden of lively English prose.
December 1, 2010
It’s always a fraught moment when you sit down with a book you’ve been meaning to read for many years.
December 2, 2009
The F-Word is a must for anyone interested in the most notorious of English obscenities. This book makes me proud to be a part of a civilization that could produce such a thing.
December 1, 2008
Stephen Dodson is a freelance editor in Hadley, Mass.; he is coauthor of Uglier Than a Monkey’s Armpit, a collection of international curses and insults, and sole proprietor of the blog languagehat.com. As usual, my reading this year has focused on language and Russian history and culture, and I have books to recommend in each [...]