Archive for January 2018

David Crystal's 'The Story of Be' is a Sustaining Book about a verb

“The Story of Be,” David Crystal’s book (2017, Oxford University Press), is subtitled “A Verb’s-Eye View of the English Language.” I’ve given away my reaction in my headline — it’s a Sustaining Book for times when (to paraphrase A.A. Milne, coiner of the term Sustaining Book) I need Help and Comfort in times of Great Tightness... Read more »

The New Year's resolutions that worked

The New Year's resolutions that worked
I haven’t made new resolutions for 2018. This is the story of why, or at least how, two resolutions — count ’em, two — have worked for me and lasted for decades. (Don’t count how many decades.) For Christmas when I was in sixth grade, I got a “day-by-day” book from my parents. It was... Read more »