THE COMMA QUEEN OF THE NEW YORKER
There are a lot of language mavens at this blog so you deserve to be introduced to Mary Norris, a copy editor at The New Yorker magazine.
This video is the debut of a new online series from the magazine about language and as the headline says, this first one is about commas.
FAVORITE POLITICAL OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK
From Timothy Egan's column in The New York Times dated online 3 April 2015, regarding the Supreme Court Citizens United decision:
"...a corporation will never truly be a citizen until you can execute one in Texas."
KATIE COURIC PRANKS THE NEW GUY
Not quite two weeks ago, on 23 March, James Corden took over as host of The Late Late Show. Katie Couric was his star guest last Wednesday and you're going to love the shocking surprise she pulled off.
NANCY SNYDERMAN IS (FINALLY) OUT AT NBC
Remember last December when Dr. (as in medical professional) Nancy Snyderman, also a health reporter for NBC-TV, who might have been exposed to the Ebola virus, broke her quarantine to go out in public? As I wrote at the time:
”So let's see if I've got this right: A physician just returned from west Africa who should, far more than the rest of us, know the horror of Ebola and the reasons for quarantine, broke her quarantine possibly exposing others to infection and now I am supposed to trust her medical reports on television?”
It took long enough but at last she has departed her job at NBC. The official NBC response to her leaving was subdued, as it should be:
”Throughout her career with NBC News, Dr. Nancy Snyderman has provided her expertise on countless health and medical topics that are vitally important to our audience. She’s been a valuable voice both on air and in our newsroom, and we wish her all the best.”
THE MOST ASTOUNDING FACT ABOUT THE UNIVERSE
Or, at least, what is the most astounding fact about it to astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson? His answer will inspire you.
HISTORIC GREENWICH VILLAGE PHARMACY CLOSES
It broke my heart last week to learn that “my” pharmacy in Greenwich Village where I shopped regularly from 1980 until I left in 2004 was closed in March because the rent was tripled by a new landlord from $20,000 to $60,000.
Avignone was founded in 1832 and had been at its current location since 1939. Here's a local report with the owner, Abe Lerner, a man I'd known for all those years I lived around the corner.
Undoubtedly, it will soon be a Starbucks or an upscale accessory story with $5,000 pocketbooks. You can read more here. (Hat tip to Esther Harriott)
SKETCHSHE – MIME THROUGH TIME
It's been all over the internet this week. Tens of millions of views – all deserved. A trio of Australian models from Sydney turned comedy team lipsyching a survey of the pop music of your and my entire lives. A bit raunchy and loads of fun.
You can read more about the group here.
BEST-SELLING USED BOOKS SINCE 2000
Okay, it's not a definitive list – only the 100 used books that sold the most at Abebooks. It's still interesting and I'm impressed with the number of classics. Here are the top ten in order:
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
You can see the entire list at abebooks.com.
SQUIRREL VERSUS HAWK
This is a National Geographic video and I have no idea how they get these amazing shots. The music is a bit overwrought and I enjoyed the video more with audio turned off.
NEW BABY JAGUAR AT SAN DIEGO ZOO
After that squirrel/hawk chase, I think we need something more gentle to end the list and what better than a brand new baby jaguar and its mom.
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