Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mary Norris on New Yorker style

“What if all these commas and hyphens and subtleties of usage prove to be the products of a benign delusion?” Mary Norris of The New Yorker writes about the house style: “Holy Writ.”

[Mary Norris’s Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen is forthcoming from W. W. Norton. Want.]

comments: 2

Elaine Fine said...

What a wonderful piece of writing!

Anonymous said...

Thin burgundy, sees a holy writ;
Thinner words blurt holy s....
Commas, period, perplex, beguile,
In New York as Oxford, as a style.
Conundrum drums the way one rights,
Commas dreaming of comma fights.
Appeal to the Comma Queen?
Only as she will be seen,,,,,,