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Talking About Words

The order of ordure

Novelist Nicholas Delbanco finds an unlikely connection between composition and … compost?

Tommy Kelly as Tom Sawyer, 1937

How Tom Sawyer changed my life

Imagine Mark Twain’s iconic ne’er-do-well as the high school counselor who launched your career. Only in L.A. (With podcast.)

Travel books

Consumed with unrelenting wanderlust this summer? Escape to your local library, says Nicholas Delbanco.

What lasts, what fades away

With Harper Lee’s recent death, author Nicholas Delbanco ponders “the writer’s trade” in modern times.

The voice not stilled

Nicholas Delbanco joins a long line of literary “adepts” who once received instruction at a master’s feet.

Who said that?

Talk about irony: You coin a popular catchphrase and yet few know or care who wrote the words.