Articles by Stephen Dodson

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 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 […]

November 28, 2005

A Year in Reading: Three bests from Language Hat 0

Last year I asked a bunch of people, “what was the best book you read all year?” And throughout the month of December I posted the responses. Well, I’m doing it again this year and it looks to be even bigger and better. This time around, we’ll be hearing from authors, bloggers and readers. Our […]