Articles by Stephen Dodson
December 1, 2016
As I was reading, I was thinking that anyone interested in the intellectual life of the 19th century would profit from this book, but having finished it, I think anyone interested in intellectual life, period, should get it.
December 1, 2015
I know what you’re thinking: you know little and care less about the fourth, fifth, and sixth centuries; why not go back to Julius Caesar or forward to Charlemagne?
December 1, 2014
It’s one of those rare works that actually deserve the adjective “magisterial.”
December 2, 2013
By the time I got to the end of the first paragraph, I was entirely willing to put myself into her hands and go where she wanted to take me.
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 […]