AIDS History Project

The NEH-supported AIDS History Project focuses on how the city of San Francisco experienced and responded to this terrible disease.

John Simpson, Word Detective

Was impressed by this lexicographical memoir by former OED editor John Simpson. I have read enough writing by lexicographers to…

On Charles McCarry

I have been reading McCarry’s latest, The Mulberry Bush, which made me think I should post my 2009 profile of…

Verily: Men Versus Women

Women are more correct and more with-it: A piece inspired by reading Matt Gordon’s primer on the work of the…

The Story of Cool

My Humanities essay on the rise of cool, the American slang term that took on new life beginning in the…