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Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text

Lexical fanatics will happily flock to Roy Blount's second book focused on boisterous wordplay, curmudgeonly opinion-mongering, and all-round vocabulary frivolity. The author proves a playful heir to William Safire and his generational peers.

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Virtual Words

Does any field of endeavor contribute more new words to our language than science and technology? Politics, music, and literature combined run a distant second. Why and how does this sphere of human activity generate so many neologisms and new constructions of old terms? The man in charge of Wired magazine's "Jargon Watch" provides the answers.

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April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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