Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M

Talking About Words

  1. A different drum

    Visionary, iconoclast, eccentric. What does ‘original’ really mean — and from where does originiality originate?

  2. Absolute, essential Altamira

    Ancient cave art reveals enduring themes in the human story.

  3. In conclusion . . .

    Novelist Nicholas Delbanco asserts that no book is ever finished, but rather ‘relinquished.’

  4. A lesson learned

    Opinions are like mentors, says Nicholas Delbanco. We all have them. Some are more agreeable than others.

  5. Shop around the corner

    Novelist Nicholas Delbanco pens an ode to readers’ pulp-and-paper Shangri-La: the bookstore.

  6. What we keep, what we give away

    Nicholas Delbanco packs up his personal library and opens the chapter to a new era in life.

  7. Time after time

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

  8. Copycatting

    Nicholas Delbanco ponders the perils of plagiarism.

  9. It's only words

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