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Talking About Words

  1. Signs and wonders

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

  2. 'A new shadow on the earth'

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

  3. The order of ordure

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

  4. Travel books

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

  5. The voice not stilled

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

  6. 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.)

  7. What lasts, what fades away

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

  8. Who said that?

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

  9. Happily ever after?

    Nicholas Delbanco strolls down Lovers’ Lane (in the literary sense) and ponders the nature of romance in writing.