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Vi skriver mere og mere på vores job, men får vi formidlet vores budskaber klart, præcist og medrivende, så læseren føler sig både mødt og hjulpet? Bogen er for dig, der • vil kommunikere klart og tydeligt• vil have, at dine budskaber bliver positivt modtaget og husket af læseren • vil give din tekst et personligt præg. Skriv så de reagerer handler om jobtekster, altså de tekster som en hel del af os både læser og skriver på jobbet. Fokus ligger på jobtekster generelt — på formen, sproget og virkemidlerne i de formidlingstekster, vi bruger hele tiden. Det gælder dine artikler, e-mails, salgstekster, præsentationer, fagbøger, invitationer, tekster til nettet mv. Du får en række gode og effektive redskaber til at skrive bedre tekster, der bliver introduceret kort og vist gennem eksempler. Bogen er meget overskueligt opdelt i 7 kapitler eller lektioner — en for hver dag i ugen. Hent et gratis uddrag af Skriv så de reagerer (indhold, indledning og Kapitel 1): www.skrivpaajobbet.dkFå løbende skrivetips og artikler om at skrive med nyhedsbrevet Flowskrivning: www.powerwriting.dkIndhold:Indledning■ KAPITEL 1Skab tillid: Skriv ud fra dine modtageres interesserog behov■ KAPITEL 2Hav én klar rød tråd – og bryd teksten op■ KAPITEL 3Brug afsnittene og sætningerne■ KAPITEL 4Brug sproget, så de reagerer■ KAPITEL 5Giv læseren guldkorn undervejs■ KAPITEL 6Fortæl „den gode historie“■ KAPITEL 7Processen: Afdæk formålet, planlæg, skriv og revidérLitteratur og referencer 91Anmelderne siger om Skriv så de reagerer: "Praktisk orienteret, lettilgængelig sproglig værktøjskasse. En brugsbog til de mange der skriver, om at målrette sin sproglige kommunikation i forhold til de rette målgrupper." (Kent Skov, Dansk BiblioteksCenter) "En kortfattet og lettilgængelig værktøjsbog skrevet til dig, som skal skrive tekster som en del af dit job." (Berit Ellehammer-Ronthov, Danske Kommuner) "Bogens force er dens mange gode huskeregler ... Huskereglerne bliver fulgt op af eksempler, som på fin vis illustrerer deres pointer, og det er gjort til UG med kryds og slange." (Søren Kreilgaard, Børsen) "Som læser af SKRIV SÅ DE REAGERER føler man sig reelt mødt og hjulpet." (Sigrid Wilde Abrahamsen, Mikronet Weblog)
Mange mennesker synes, det er svært og forbundet med et pres at skulle skrive. Flowskrivning beskæftiger sig med, hvordan du skaber en mere effektiv og glædesfyldt skriveproces, der både fører til bedre tekster og et generelt bedre arbejdsliv og måske også et bedre liv i det hele taget. Hovedbudskabet er, at du — med stort udbytte — kan opfatte din skriveproces som noget, der hænger nært sammen med både din generelle måde at tænke på dit skrivearbejde på og med dine professionelle og private rutiner og dit liv i øvrigt. Flowskrivning er for alle, der har brug for at få mere glæde og effektivitet ind i deres skriveproces, både den kommunale medarbejder der skal skrive virksomhedsrapporten, akademikeren der skal aflevere en professionel tekst om et fagligt emne, og forfatteren der ønsker at optimere sine kreative evner — for ikke at tale om alle de studerende på diverse uddannelsessteder, der sveder tran over at skulle aflevere en skriftlig opgave, stor eller lille. Hent et gratis uddrag af bogen Flowskrivning (37 sider, pdf, inkl. indholdsfortegnelsen, 1. kapitel og 10 gode skriveråd): www.flowskrivning.dkFå løbende skrivetips og artikler om at skrive med nyhedsbrevet Flowskrivning: www.powerwriting.dkINDHOLD:Indledning■ KAPITEL 1 Når det er svært at skrive■ KAPITEL 2 Sådan skriver du■ KAPITEL 3 Flow i din skriveproces■ KAPITEL 4 Verden ifølge professor Robert Boice■ KAPITEL 5Første aktivitet: Planlægningen■ KAPITEL 6 Nonstopskrivning■ KAPITEL 7 Anden aktivitet: Komponeringen■ KAPITEL 8Tredje aktivitet: Revisionen■ KAPITEL 9 Hurtige tekster■ KAPITEL 10 Teamskrivning■ KAPITEL 11 Feedback■ KAPITEL 12 Persona■ KAPITEL 13 LogbogenSlutord og takLitteraturStikordAnmelderne siger om Flowskrivning: "″Den er velskrevet og anvendelig og bør stå på hylden i håndbogsbiblioteket, i reolen, i studerekammeret eller på kontoret.″(Birthe Christiansen, Læsepædagogen)" "Flowskrivning er en glimrende og letlæst bog om skriveprocesser og kreativitet i skriveriet. Bogen har mange punktopstillinger og opsummeringer i direkte sprog. Kan anvendes af alle, der skriver tekster af både fag- og skønlitterær karakter."(Sanne Caft, Dansk BiblioteksCenter) "Bogen er dejlig konkret, med mange facetter i tilgange til skriveprocesser og metoder."(Coach, Søren Axel Philippe Franc) "En skøn bog med en dejlig ukrukket tilgang til det at skrive. Bogen genåbnede meget af min oprindelige skrivelyst og glæde ved det."(Begejstret læser) "Kender du det, at det kan være svært at få ordene til at gå op i en højere enhed? Og kunne du godt tænke dig en mere effektiv og glædesfyldt skriveproces? Så er der hjælp at hente i Flowskrivning."(Lise Nehm, Tidsskriftet Psykologi)
Sprog er alfa og omega. Det er ved hjælp af symboler som dem her i bogen, at vi kan finde ud af at leve sammen og forstå hinanden. Eller misforstå. Sprog er med andre ord skyld i både krig og kærlighed. Takket være sproget kan vi endda samle tankerne om en tænkepause. Sprog har gjort os til mennesker - og som mennesker unikke i dyreriget. Og sprog fortsætter med at forme os. For ifølge Mikkel Wallentin, sprognørd og hjerneforsker ved Aarhus Universitet, tyder noget på, at vi op igennem evolutionen har fremelsket vores talegaver. - Sprog er nemlig også sexet.
Der er helte – og så er der græske helte. Stephen Fry genfortæller de græske heltes historier. Der er hårrejsende jagter, farefulde færd gennem sindrige labyrinter, umulige gåder og blodtørstige monstre. Historierne om os dødelige mænd og kvinder og hvad vi er i stand til, når heltemodet er størst, er dramatiske og morsomme, tragiske og tidløse.I HELTE indfanger Stephen Fry den græske mytologis vidunderlige historier og deres relevans for den moderne læser. De græske myter er blandt de mest indflydelsesrige historier, der nogensinde er blevet fortalt, nedarvet gennem årtusinder. De har inspireret forfattere og kunstnere fra Shakespeare til Michelangelo og fra James Joyce til Walt Disney.
Mors hemmelighed er en fortælling om sent i livet at opdage, at ens rødder er anderledes end hidtil antaget. Karin Lützen voksede op i Fredericia med en dansk far og en fransk mor. Allerede fra barnsben kender Karin følelsen af at være anderledes med en fransk mor med accent, fine vaner og et rygende temperament. Men det er først efter moderens død, at det går op for Karin, at hendes mor er meget mere anderledes, end først antaget ...Lydbogen er indlæst af Nanna Salomon i 2009
"Combining all the learning from the popular Get talking Korean in ten days and Keep talking Korean -- ten days to confidence, this beginner audio course will give you the skills and confidence to speak and understand [Korean]."--Container.
Dobbeltcd med samtlige dialoger, lytte/forstå-øvelser og udtaleøvelser til Treeren Cd 1: Lektion 21-25 (69 min. spilletid) Cd 2: Lektion 26-30 (75 min. spilletid) Til forskel fra seriens lydbånd gør cd-teknologien det muligt at styre præcist frem til netop den øvelse eller dialog, som du ønsker at afspille.
Døden kommer hurtigt til dem, der viser sig for interesserede i, hvadder foregår bag et berømt London-baseret reklamebureaus facade.Flere må dø, før lord Peter Wimsey kommer på sporet af mændenebag hemmeligheden. De er parate til at dræbe hvem som helst,når som helst for at bevare denne hemmelighed.Annoncer, der dræbte er ottende intenst spændende krimiperlei Dorothy L. Sayers’ serie om gentlemandetektiven Peter Wimsey. Den udkom i 1933 og foreligger nu på dansk i en sprogligt revideret oversættelse.Dorothy L. Sayers (1893 – 1957) var digter, skuespilforfatter, essayist og en af de første kvinder, der k tildelt en kandidat grad fra det prestigefyldte Oxford University. Det er dog først og fremmest som krimi forfatter, hun er blevet husket af eftertiden. Hendes serie om den engelske aristokratiske detektiv lord Peter Wimsey nyder status somso stikeret krimiklassiker og hovedværk inden for den engelske gren af detektivromanen, der går under navnet the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, som blomstrede fra 1920’erne og frem. Forfattere som Dorothy L.Sayers og Agatha Christie tog læseren med ind i en verden af søvnige landsbyer og prægtige landsteder, hvor elegante detektiver opklarede rafinerede mordmysterier Flere af hendes bøger er filmatiseret.
Longtime manuscript editor andChicago Manual of Styleguru Carol Fisher Saller has negotiated many a standoff between a writer and editor refusing to compromise on the ';rights' and ';wrongs' of prose styling. Saller realized that when these sides squared off, it was often the reader who lost. In her search for practical strategies for keeping the peace,The Subversive Copy Editorwas born. Saller's ideas struck a chord, and the little book with big advice quickly became a must-have reference for copy editors everywhere.In this second edition, Saller adds new chapters, on the dangers of allegiance to outdated grammar and style rules and on ways to stay current in language and technology. She expands her advice for writers on formatting manuscripts for publication, on self-editing, and on how not to be ';difficult.' Saller's own gaffes provide firsthand (and sometimes humorous) examples of exactly what not to do. The revised content reflects today's publishing practices while retaining the self-deprecating tone and sharp humor that helped make the first edition so popular. Saller maintains that through carefulness, transparency, and flexibility, editors can build trust and cooperation with writers.The Subversive Copy Editorbrings a refreshingly levelheaded approach to the classic battle between writers and editors. This sage advice will prove useful and entertaining to anyone charged with the sometimes perilous task of improving the writing of others.
Sparked by the fateful 73-second Challenger voyage, Its About Time began as a newspaper feature chronicling key moments in history and the length of time each took to occur. This fascinating book, complete with photographs, puts scores of historical events to the clock, including the four score and seven years ago Gettysburg Address--which lasted just two minutes in 1863.It took 43 seconds for the atomic bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima. History was forever altered in less than a minute. In contrast, it took 355 years, 10 months, and five days to end African slavery in the Americas.These moments in history are among the nearly 200 recounted in this turn-back-the-clock look at time--and the part it played in history. Unlike most books that present events in chronological order, Its About Time ranks key historical moments by duration--from the shortest to the longest.* 1/400th of a second-photographing the flag-raising on Iwo Jima (1945)* Two hours, 32 seconds--Neil Armstrongs walk on the moon (1969)* Four days--stock market crash (1929)* 14 years, 28 days--the carving of Mount Rushmore (1927-41)* 2,267 years--construction of the Great Wall of China (7th century B.C.-1568)Featuring facts from each event and black-and-white snapshots from many of them, this book offers a yet-unseen perspective on history and the time it has taken for historical events to unfold. Its About Time is a must-read for history and trivia buffs everywhere.Audio edition has additional updated bonus material not in print. Read by the author.
The everything-you-missed, wanted-to-know-more-about, and can't-get-enough guide to the Game of Thrones television seriesfrom the first episode to the epic finale. Valar morghulis!Spanning every episode across all eight seasons, INSIDER's entertainment correspondent Kim Renfro goes deep into how the show was made, why it became such a phenomenon and explores every detail you want to know. It's the perfect book to look back at all you may have missed or to jump-start you on a second viewing of the whole series. As an entertainment correspondent, Renfro has covered the show's premieres, broken down key details in scenes, explored characters' histories, and interviewed the cast, directors, and crew. In this book, she sheds new light on the themes, storylines, character development, the meaning of the finale, and what you can expect next. Some of the questions answered here include: What was the Night King's ultimate purpose? How did the show effect George R.R. Martin's ability to finish the book series? Why were the final seasons shorter? Why did the direwolves get shortchanged? How were the fates of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen foretold from the start? Was that really a bittersweet ending? Winter may have come and gone, but there is still plenty to discover and obsess over in this behind-the-scenes fan guide to the Game of Thrones HBO series.
The inspiring profile brought to life in the major motion picture A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks in theaters Thanksgiving, plus a collection of warm advice and encouragement from America's favorite neighborTom Junod's Esquire profile of Fred Rogers, ';Can You Say... Hero?,' has been hailed as a classic of magazine writing. Now, his moving story of meeting and observing the beloved host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is the inspiration forA Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, directed by Marielle Heller and written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster.Here, Junod's unforgettable piece appears for the first time in book form alongside an inspiring collection of advice and encouragement from Mister Rogers himself. Covering topics like relationships, childhood, communication, parenthood, and more, Rogers's signature sayings and wise thoughts are included here. Pairing the definitive portrait of a national icon with his own instructions for living your best, kindest life, this book is a timeless treasure for Mister Rogers fans.Movie Picture Artwork 2019TristarPictures, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Improv instructor and writer Jorjeana Marie presents the first book to harness the creative power of improvisation exercises to help both aspiring and seasoned authors defeat writer's block and generate new ideas.Suffering from writer's block and inner critics? Having trouble generating ideas for plots, settings, and characters? Introducing the rules and techniques of improvisation as they apply to fiction writing, improv instructor and writer Jorjeana Marie addresses each major element of storytelling by applying writer's-block-busting games and inner-critic-quieting exercises to get the creative ideas flowing. Armed with the power of improv--and freeing exercises like Ad Agency, Your Local Library, and Family Portraits--you'll soon be an idea machine. WithImprov for Writers, your creative storytelling well will never run dry again.Features a PDF of Lists to Assist with Games and Exercises
From New York Times bestselling author and beloved Today show co-host Hoda Kotb comes an inspiring collection of quotes--drawn from her own personal favorites featured on her enormously popular Instagram account--that offer wisdom, courage, and hope.Several years ago, Today show co-host Hoda Kotb began posting a variety of quotes on her Instagram page. Some were penned by a favorite writer; others offered a dose of love or laughter. She thought the quotes were meaningful only to her, but soon a funny thing started happening - reactions poured in from thousands of people who were just as moved. The quotes weren't only providing inspiration to Hoda, they were comforting and connecting people. So many of their comments read, "e;I really needed this today,"e; a phrase that inspired the book's title. In I Really Needed This Today, Hoda not only shares 365 sayings and quotes, she writes about the people and experiences that have pushed her to challenge boundaries, embrace change, and explore relationships to their fullest. Written with her signature wit and warmth, this book is the ideal companion to tuck beside your bed or to bring with you on-the-go to keep you motivated, recharged, and inspired each day.
So komisch ist selten über den Schulalltag gesprochen worden: Comedian Herr Schröder feiert seine Schüler für ihre sprachliche Kreativität, wenn sie ihn als „Korrekturensohn" oder „Kommaficker" verhöhnen. Beleidigungen auf dem Schulhof findet er völlig in Ordnung – solange sie im dreihebigen Jambus erfolgen. Und Metaphern wie „Opferabo" und „Eckenkind" wecken in ihm den Stolz des begeisterten Germanisten. Johannes Schröder war selbst 12 Jahre lang Deutschlehrer, hat seine Schüler mit Gedichtinterpretationen gequält und dabei täglich tapfer die Sinnfrage unterdrückt. Bis er schließlich ausstieg und erfolgreicher Comedian wurde ... Johannes Schröder ist studierter Deutschlehrer und Comedian/Kabarettist. Was sich wie ein Widerspruch anhört, ist letztlich eine humoristische Form der Selbstverteidigung. Nach 12 Jahren Schuldienst und dem Nebenjob als Pausenaufsicht befindet sich der Wahlkölner alias „Herr Schröder" gegenwärtig mit seinem ersten Comedy-Soloprogramm „World of Lehrkraft" auf großer Live-Tour durch Deutschland, Österreich und die Schweiz.
If you want to put your life story down in words, where do you start? Exactly what story are you hoping to tell? How are you going to fill hundreds of pages? How do you plan it out? Memoirist, blogger, and writing teacher Kim Brittingham shares her insight into getting started with your writing and crafting your memoir. Starting with the basic questions every writer should ask themselves, such as why do you want to write a memoir; what story do you want to tell; what form should your story take; who is the audience; and most importantly, why does anyone care? Kim shares her experience and her wisdom, reviewing key aspects of the writing process, including characterization, plotting, theme, focus, point of view, editing, and revising. And she adds extra information on the business of getting published and ways to get your story read.
A funny and useful grammar book! There are many grammar and usage books that give advice on correct English. This isn't one of them. The Elements of Expression targets expressiveness as a goal apart from getting it technically right. Imagine the yawns a sportscaster would induce by announcing, "e;His bat struck the ball and the ball went into the stands,"e; instead of "e;He took that ball downtown!"e; And why say, "e;I'd prefer it if you didn't volunteer your opinions,"e; if what you really mean is "e;When I want your advice, I'll beat it out of you"e; (Chuck Norris, Code of Silence)? Written with uncommon wit and humor, The Elements of Expression offers writers, speakers, and self-improvers a fresh look at how they express (or fail to express) their thoughts and feelings. Plotnik supplies many engaging examples of adventurous language to show the tremendous power of words to describe and enliven human experience. For people who care about language and want to write or speak forcefully, effectively-in a word, expressively-this is the audiobook to turn on!
Deliciously erudite. William Safire, New York Times MagazineA riveting detective story. Chicago TribuneSteven Pinker, author of the landmark bestsellers The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slateand one of the worlds leading cognitive scientistsoffers an eye-opening explanation of how human beings learn and use language in Words and Rules. First published in 2000, Words and Rules remains one of Pinkers most provocative and accessible books, illuminating the fascinating relationship between the brain, the mind, and the how language makes us human.
Nine short stories written and read by comedians, recorded live in front of an audience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.May Contain Nuts by Janey Godley: A woman glimpses her own mortality when she calculates that only twenty-seven years separate her from her cantankerous father. The Hair of the Dead by Sarah Millican: A moving (and very funny) short story about a compassionate undertaker's assistant. Gone Fishing by Jon Richardson: A tale of love and betrayal set in a remote village in the Yorkshire Dales.The Woman Who Sniffed by Susan Calman: A wry look at office politics, told with Calman's characteristic humour and upbeat energy.Just When You Thought It Was Safe to be Green by Patrick Monahan: A tale that warns against paying too much attention to government crime statistics. On The Dot by Shazia Mirza: A story featuring a certain Mrs Pims, who is always mysteriously late for everything. Then one day, the reason for her tardiness becomes apparent... Stairlift Us Up Where We Belong by Sarah Millican: A poignant and funny monologue exploring the tricky turning point in a woman's life, when she goes from being thought of as useful to becoming invisible. Spooky and the Van by Joe Lycett: Seventeen-year-old Julian is writing a blog. He's currently experiencing the weird limbo that lies between finishing school and starting university. As well as musing upon how his life might change, Julian's neighbor, nicknamed Spooky, is providing plenty of writing material and mystery... A Difference of Opinion by Bridget Christie: When Bridget's husband is assaulted by the ghost of a long dead European leader, it highlights the vast differences in interpretation between a believer and an atheist. Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.
Most of what you think you know about writing is useless. It's the harmful debris of your education-a mixture of half-truths, myths, and false assumptions that prevents you from writing well. Drawing on years of experience as a writer and teacher of writing, Verlyn Klinkenborg offers an approach to writing that will change the way you work and think. There is no gospel, no orthodoxy, no dogma in this book. What you'll find here isn't the way to write. Instead, you'll find a way to clear your mind of illusions about writing and discover how you write. Several Short Sentences about Writing is a book of first steps and experiments. They will revolutionize the way you think and perceive, and they will change forever the sense of your own authority as a writer. This is a book full of learning, but it's also a book full of unlearning-a way to recover the vivid, rhythmic, poetic sense of language you once possessed.An indispensable and unique book that will give you a clear understanding of how to think about what you do when you write and how to improve the quality of your writing.
Learn how to study Spanish! Imagine if you could instantly build your foreign language skills and have fun at the same time-now you can. The Spanish in Minutes Instant Language series takes a fun, entertaining, and scientific approach to learning Spanish. With the award-winning Liv Montgomery as your verbal tour guide, you'll learn how to study Spanish with special speed-learning techniques designed to engage multiple senses for increased retention by 35 percent. Converse in Spanish like a native about dining, travel, counting skills, and even medical needs. With Spanish in Minutes: How to Study Spanish the Fun Way, you'll build your vocabulary and confidence almost effortlessly. Where other foreign language programs may bore you to death with monotonous drills, Spanish in Minutes takes a playful, interactive approach. This method, scientifically proven to be more effective, combines Mind Music, 130 vocabulary lessons, humor, and a relaxing hypnotic technique to speed up learning and increase retention. Imagine how effective you'll be on your next trip. Study in the car, at the gym, or even on the plane. Build your Spanish skills the fun way-with Spanish in Minutes!
Learn how to study French! Imagine if you could instantly build your foreign language skills and have fun at the same time-now you can. The French in Minutes Instant Language series takes a fun, entertaining, and scientific approach to learning French. With the award-winning Liv Montgomery as your verbal tour guide, you'll learn how to study French with special speed-learning techniques designed to engage multiple senses for increased retention by 35 percent. Converse in French like a native about dining, travel, counting skills, and even medical needs. With French in Minutes: How to Study French the Fun Way, you'll build your vocabulary and confidence almost effortlessly. Where other foreign language programs may bore you to death with monotonous drills, French in Minutes takes a playful, interactive approach. This method, scientifically proven to be more effective, combines Mind Music, 130 vocabulary lessons, humor, and a relaxing hypnotic technique to speed up learning and increase retention. Imagine how effective you'll be on your next trip. Study in the car, at the gym, or even on the plane. Build your French skills the fun way-with French in Minutes!
Every writer knows that as rewarding as the creative process is, it can often be a bumpy road. Have hope and keep at it! Designed to kick-start creativity, this handbook from the executive director of National Novel Writing Month gathers a wide range of insights and advice for writers at any stage of their career. From tips about how to finally start that story to helpful ideas about what to do when the words just aren't quite coming out right, Pep Talks for Writers provides motivation, encouragement, and helpful exercises for writers of all stripes.
One of the most prolific and influential investigative journalists of her generation, Marie Brenner has brought countless fascinating peoplepoliticians, activists, journalists, and private citizensto life through her writing. Now, for the first time, her profile of the nefarious relationship between Donald Trump and Roy Cohn is available as an audio download read by the author.New York attorney Roy Cohninfamous since the 1950s from his stint as Senator Joseph McCarthy's chief counseland Donald Trump first met in 1973 when Trump was still trying to make a name for himself as a real estate developer while fighting discrimination charges against his family's business. After their chance meeting at a Manhattan disco, Cohn went to work defending Trump, starting a business and personal association that endured in various forms until Cohn's death in 1986. Brenner first started reporting on the Trump/Cohn dynamic back in 1980, and she brings to her assessment an incomparable legacy of covering both subjects. As Brenner writes, Cohn ';was always there to help with the shady tax abatements, the zoning variances, the sweetheart deals, and the threats to those who might stand in [Trump's] way,' serving to launch and sustain Trump's early real estate career. More than legal representation, however, Cohn offered Trump a way of seeing the worldand the opportunities for seeking advantage within itthat still inform Trump's approach to politics and governing. As Brenner reports, then president-elect Trump told mutual associate Roger Stone another major character in Ruthlesson the day after his unexpected electoral victory, ';Wouldn't Roy love to see this moment? Boy do we miss him.' Spanning over 50 years of US history, peopled both with characters long dead and current newsmakers still in today's headlines, Ruthless is an eye-opening must-listen for anyone who wants to understand how the nation got to where we are today.
NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER *; The perfect back-to-school gift: A sharp, funny grammar guide they'll actuallywantto read, from Random House's longtime copy chief and one of Twitter's leading language gurus';Essential (and delightful!)'People,';Book of the Week' We all write, all the time: books, blogs, emails. Lots and lots of emails. And we all want to write better. Benjamin Dreyer is here to help. As Random House's copy chief, Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alikenot to mention his followers on social mediafor deconstructing the English language with playful erudition. Now he distills everything he has learned from the myriad books he has copyedited and overseen into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward. As authoritative as it is amusing, Dreyer's English offers lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en dash; the rules and nonrules of grammar, including why it's OK to begin a sentence with ';And' or ';But' and to confidently split an infinitive; and why it's best to avoid the doldrums of the Wan Intensifiers and Throat Clearers, including ';very,' ';rather,' ';of course,' and the dreaded ';actually.' Dreyer will let you know whether ';alright' is all right (sometimes) and even help you brush up on your spellingthough, as he notes, ';The problem with mnemonic devices is that I can never remember them.' And yes: ';Only godless savages eschew the series comma.' Chockful of advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts, this book will prove to be invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people's prose, andperhaps best of allan utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language.Praise for Dreyer'sEnglish';Playful, smart, self-conscious, and personal . . . One encounters wisdom and good sense on nearly every page of Dreyer's English.'The Wall Street Journal ';Destined to become a classic.'The Millions ';Dreyer can help you . . . with tips on punctuation and spelling. . . . Even better: He'll entertain you while he's at it.'Newsday(What to Read This Week)
Who was the real Wallis: an opportunistic American social climber, a master manipulator or the true love of Edward's life?Amid the cacophony of condemnation her story has become obfuscated. Untitled is an intimate biography of one of the most misunderstood women in British royal history. His charisma and glamour ensured him the status of a rock star prince. Yet Edward gave up the British throne, the British Empire and his position as Emperor of India, to marry his true love, American divorcee Wallis Simpson.So much gossip and innuendo has been levelled at Wallis Simpson that it has become nearly impossible to discern the real woman. Many have wondered why, when Edward could have had anyone he desired, he was smitten with this unusual American woman. As her friend Herman Rogers said to her in 1936 when news of her affair with Edward broke: 'Much of what is being said concerns a woman who does not exist and never did exist.' History is mostly perceived from the perspective of his-story. But what about her story? Anna Pasternak's new book is the first ever to give Wallis a chance and a voice to show that she was a warm, loyal, intelligent woman adored by her friends, who was written off by cunning, influential Establishment men seeking to diminish her and destroy her reputation. As the author argues, far from being the villain of the abdication, she was the victim.Anna Pasternak seeks to understand an unusual, deeply misunderstood woman, and the untenable situation she became embroiled in. Using testimony from their inner circle of friends, she presents a very different Wallis Simpson. With empathy, intimacy and thorough research, this book will make readers view her story as it has never been told before.