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Today’s post is dedicated to Carson McCullers’s brilliant first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, which was published to great acclaim almost 75 years ago when the author was just 23. This novel is for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider or reject. I recently re-read the 1940 classic, and have collected various editions and incarnations of the book, most of my adult life. Here’s a sampling.  

A beautiful novel! This book is one of three discussed in Azar Nafisi’s upcoming The Republic of Imagination.

(via skylightbooks)

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Just two weeks until Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style! 
Here’s Pinker’s full explanation on punctuation inside quotations: “The rule in American publications … is that when quoted material appears at the end of a phrase or sentence, the closing quotation mark goes outside the comma or period, like this,” rather than inside, like this”. The practice is patently illogical: the quotation marks enclose a part of the phrase or sentence, and the comma or period signals the end of that entire phrase or sentence, so putting the comma or period inside the quotation marks is like Superman’s famous wardrobe malfunction of wearing his underwear outside his pants. But long ago some American printer decided that the page looks prettier without all that unsightly white space above and to the left of a naked period or comma, and we have been living with the consequences ever since.”

Just two weeks until Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style

Here’s Pinker’s full explanation on punctuation inside quotations: “The rule in American publications … is that when quoted material appears at the end of a phrase or sentence, the closing quotation mark goes outside the comma or period, like this,” rather than inside, like this”. The practice is patently illogical: the quotation marks enclose a part of the phrase or sentence, and the comma or period signals the end of that entire phrase or sentence, so putting the comma or period inside the quotation marks is like Superman’s famous wardrobe malfunction of wearing his underwear outside his pants. But long ago some American printer decided that the page looks prettier without all that unsightly white space above and to the left of a naked period or comma, and we have been living with the consequences ever since.”

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