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Talking About Books

The quick brown fox

Novelist Nicholas Delbanco examines our changing language, letter by letter.

Time after time

Nicholas Delbanco reflects on a plague confounding artists across the ages: the risk of repetition.

Echo & association

Novelist Nicholas Delbanco reminds us that ‘good writers borrow, great writers steal.’

It’s only words

Nicholas Delbanco illustrates how language that once seemed transgressive is now quite routine.

To be, or not to be

Nicholas Delbanco explores the literary and linguistic through line connecting everything from Elizabethan sonnets to modern street slang.