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Talking About Words

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.’

True or false?

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

Signs and wonders

Novelist Nicholas Delbanco finds kinship with fellow Wolverines as he embarks on an “odyssey” chasing the Block M.

The quick brown fox

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

‘A new shadow on the earth’

“The idea that every phrase should and must be scrutinized is central to democracy,” says novelist Nicholas Delbanco.