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CONFESSIONS OF A COMMA QUEEN

Holy Writ
Learning to love the house style.
BY MARY NORRIS

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/23/holy-writ
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F-bombs notwithstanding, all languages skew toward happiness: Universal human bias for positive words:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150209161143.htm
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Don’t Do It, Harper Lee
by Jessa Crispin

"Those eager masses, now overflowing with unconditional love for a book they have not read, propelling it to No. 1 on Amazon Wednesday, will be the very people wielding pitchforks if Ms. Lee’s second book does not live up to expectations that have been building for decades..."

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/05/opinion/dont-do-it-harper-lee.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150205&nlid=14533877&tntemail0=y
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Worst passwords of 2014 are just as terrible as you'd think:

http://mashable.com/2015/01/20/worst-passwords-of-2014/
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A Book's Vocabulary Is Different If It Was Written During Hard Economic Times

Books published just after recessions have higher levels of literary misery, a new study finds:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/books-vocabulary-is-different-if-it-was-written-during-hard-economic-times-180949310/
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Richard Price Finds His Pseudonym for ‘The Whites’ Annoying

"Richard Price is a skilled literary ventriloquist, with a pitch-perfect ear for deadbeat street slang and sardonic cop banter. But when he tried impersonating another writer, with the aim of writing a fast-paced, plot-driven crime novel under the pen name Harry Brandt, he couldn’t quite pull it off..."

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/11/books/richard-price-finds-his-pseudonym-for-the-whites-annoying.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150211&nlid=14533877&tntemail0=y
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J.K Rowling just answered three big Harry Potter questions that have stumped fans for years...

"Whatever happened to Fluffy? The fate of the terrifying three-headed dog acquired by Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter books has been one of many questions about the series that stumped its fans. Until this morning, that is, when J.K. Rowling answered some very specific questions about the books on Twitter..."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2015/02/06/j-k-rowling-just-answered-three-big-harry-potter-questions-that-have-stumped-fans-for-years/?tid=pm_lifestyle_pop
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The History of “Loving” to Read
BY JOSHUA ROTHMAN

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/history-loving-read
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The Definition of a Dictionary

Merriam-Webster is revising its most authoritative tome for the digital age. But in an era of twerking and trolling, what should a dictionary look like? (And do we even need one?)

By Stefan Fatsis

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/culturebox/2015/01/merriam_webster_dictionary_what_should_an_online_dictionary_look_like.html
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Writing Your Way to Happiness
By TARA PARKER-POPE  
(courtesy of Brian Beker)

"The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory..."

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/19/writing-your-way-to-happiness/?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share
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