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January 17, 2008
Writers Talk About Writing
January 16, 2008By Daphne Gray-Grant
When my 13-year-old son recently used the word schadenfreude in casual conversation, I snapped to attention. "Where on earth did he learn that?" I wondered. This marvelous but obscure German word, which means "to feel joy at another's misfortune," is hardly everyday fodder for teenagers. Continue reading...
Blog Du Jour
Love to Read?
January 16, 2008
Books we love
"Best Novels You've Never Read"
January 15, 2008
New York Magazine came up with a novel, so to speak, idea: Ask a bunch of critics to share their favorite underrated book of the past decade. Check out the entire list here. Below are a few of the intriguing titles:
Experience by Martin Amis
Desertion by Abdulrazak Gurnah
The Tender Land: A Family Love Story by Kathleen Finneran
The Fall of a Sparrow by Robert Hellenga
VT Tip o' the Week
Email a Friend
January 14, 2008
Found a word on the Visual Thesaurus that you'd like to share with someone? Email them a word map! It's easy. Just click on the "Email" button at the top right corner and follow the instructions on the screen.
Teachers at Work
A column about teaching
January 14, 2008By Shannon Reed
I confess, I'm a word nerd. When I was a kid, I didn't keep a diary (grasping even at eight that the exploits of an introverted bookworm with a peaceful home life were perhaps not the stuff that formed a fascinating read), but I did keep a list of words that I liked: Burble. Murmur. Placate. Superfluous. Chaos. It's the specificity that got -- and gets -- me. My mom isn't just "kind" -- she's compassionate, altruistic and decent. Continue reading...