Talking About Words

  1. Time after time

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

  2. Copycatting

    Nicholas Delbanco ponders the perils of plagiarism.

  3. It's only words

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

  4. True or false?

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

  5. The quick brown fox

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

  6. Echo & association

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

  7. Signs and wonders

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

  8. 'A new shadow on the earth'

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

  9. The order of ordure

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