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Talking About Words

Time after time

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

True or false?

Novelist Nicholas Delbanco explores some of literature’s most famous frauds and fakes.


Nicholas Delbanco ponders the perils of plagiarism.

The quick brown fox

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

It’s only words

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

Echo & association

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