Articles by Stephen Dodson

December 1, 2014

A Year in Reading: Stephen Dodson (Languagehat) 2

It’s one of those rare works that actually deserve the adjective “magisterial.”

December 2, 2013

A Year in Reading: Stephen Dodson (Languagehat) 3

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

A Year in Reading: Stephen Dodson (Languagehat) 1

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

A Year in Reading: Stephen Dodson (Languagehat) 4

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

A Review! A Review! Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric 5

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

A Year in Reading: Stephen Dodson (Languagehat) 0

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

A Year in Reading: Stephen Dodson (Languagehat) 2

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

A Year in Reading: Stephen Dodson (Languagehat) 2

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 […]

December 1, 2007

A Year in Reading: Languagehat 0

Languagehat is a freelance editor in Hadley, Massachusetts. This year I have two pairs of books to recommend, one pair on language and one on history. The subject I blog about, of course, is language, and this year I’ve read two books I can strongly recommend to anyone, The first is almost a decade old: […]

December 10, 2006

A Year in Reading: Languagehat 0

Languagehat is a deep repository of interesting linguistic tidbits. An essential blog for those with an interest in language, Languagehat is also engaging enough to make regulars out of a monolingual like me. “Hat” was nice enough to share some of his favorite books from this year: Jeff Prucher’s Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary […]

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