Sunday, December 21, 2008

BOOKS: 2 reviews and an essay

Poetry’s Shadow’ - review by Karl Kirchwey of An Aquarium: Poems by Jeffrey Yang. 63 pp. Graywolf Press. Paper, $15

Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World, by Naomi S. Baron. Oxford University Press. Reviewed in Times Higher Education (UK) by Frank Furedi, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent.
Safire on Baron's book in his NYT language column, Dec 19, 2008:

If you have one book to give to a lover of the lingo, latch on to “Always On, Language in an Online and Mobile World,” by Naomi Baron (Oxford, $30)... Baron... tackles a big question of interpersonal communications: What is e-mail, instant messaging, mobile phonology and other forms of Internetese doing to our spoken and written language? ....Will electronically mediated language — with its frantic need for speed in transmission leading to shortcuts in spelling and the elimination of spaces between words ­— influence offline communication? Of course it will. Should educators resist the trend in the name of thoughtfulness and clarity? Sometimes, not always.

My Turkish Library by Orhan Pamuk, Translated from the Turkish by Maureen Freely, New York Review of Bookx, Volume 55, Number 20 · December 18, 2008

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