While the presidential nominating conventions are in full swing, here are some readings on the fine art of political spin and doubletalk.
What Orwell Didn't Know
It's Bulwer-Lytton Contest time! Catch up on "the funniest opening sentences from the worst novels never written."
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
Son of It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
Bride of Dark and Stormy
Dark and Stormy Rides Again
Continuing the cross-cultural Olympic spirit, here are a few books about Chinese language and writing that help separate myth from reality.
Chinese Language: Fact and Fantasy
Speaking of Chinese
Doing research, scholarly or otherwise, increasingly requires acumen with online resources. Here are some books to help sharpen your Internet search skills.
Librarian's Guide to Online Searching
The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook
Mastering Online Research
Internet Research Skills
The technique of mass collaboration pioneered 150 years ago by the Oxford English Dictionary is now all the rage in our wikified world.
The Wisdom of Crowds
Here Comes Everybody
If you're thinking of putting your life story on the page, these books can help guide your autobiographical endeavors.
Old Friend from Far Away
Inventing the Truth
Writing the Memoir
Your Life as Story
David Crystal is one of the most prolific writers on the English language. Despite his amazing productivity, the quality of his work never suffers. Here are a few of his latest must-reads.
By Hook or By Crook
Think on my Words
The Fight for English
How Language Works