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Nancy Friedman
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Name developer, bay swimmer, skeptic. Language, advertising, science, brands.
Name developer, bay swimmer, skeptic. Language, advertising, science, brands.

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"It is odd that in other subjects—science, history, mathematics—we assume that everyone will proceed beyond the initial pedagogical simplifications to a more sophisticated understanding, but grammar and usage seems to leave many students stuck in the sixth grade." - +John McIntyre 

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"Not even 48 hours after my tweets first went viral, a Bay Area paper published an editorial blasting BART for 'playing politics' with service disruptions. Well, I hate to break it to you, but public transit has always been about politics, and pretending otherwise is either willful ignorance or cynical maneuvering that seeks to capitalize on people's general loathing of the political process." - Taylor Huckaby 

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"We’ve learned, by now, not to underestimate Donald Trump, but we’re still struggling to understand his rise. Why now? Why, when the United States is stronger and wealthier than it’s been since the Great Recession, are some voters suddenly receptive to nativist demagoguery?" - Jamelle Bouie

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"A. People probably cap giclée for the same reason they cap president, chapter, or impressionism. We don’t know what that reason would be, so we lowercase it." - Chicago Manual of Style

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"English spelling is not a game for the weak at heart, and it has nothing to do with higher literary culture the way French spelling does." - +Geoff Nunberg 

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"The notion that you should always have a book _going_—that notion, which all real readers share, doesn’t flourish in many kids. Often, they look at you blankly when you ask them what they are reading on their own." -  David Denby

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"Antonin Scalia, who died this month, after nearly three decades on the Supreme Court, devoted his professional life to making the United States a less fair, less tolerant, and less admirable democracy. Fortunately, he mostly failed." - by +Jeffrey Toobin 

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"Three decades ago, the yuppie was viewed as a self-interested alien invader in an America that had experienced a solid 20 years of radical activism and meaningful progress in civil rights and women’s liberation. A generation and a half later, we have so deeply internalized the values of the yuppie that we have ceased to notice when one is in our midst — or when we have become one ourselves." - Teddy Wayne

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"Everyone wants to know the secret of how to use Twitter to reach their million potential customers. I will tell you the secret. You can’t do it. Twitter is not a giant megaphone. There is no mouthpiece. Those 300 million people, that glistening prize, are not waiting for your message. They’re not tuning to your channels. They’re choosing their own." - James Gleick

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"If you thought Yahoo’s weekend charrette between CEO Marissa Meyer and her design team was scary, try an extended process of more than a year of a non-designer CEO micro-managing the process." - review of Uber's new logo  
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