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  • A Word, Please: Inside or outside quotation marks? Don't look to logic

    I've gotten a lot of emails recently about where to put periods and commas relative to quotation marks. The notes were prompted by a recent column in which I mentioned that, in American English, a period or comma always comes before a closing quote mark (as in "fella.") rather than after one (as in "fella".).
  • Author proves that tough topics have an audience

    Author proves that tough topics have an audience
    When journalist Katherine Boo began working on her book "Behind the Beautiful Forevers," she wasn't sure if anyone would read it. The nonfiction work, which chronicles the lives of slum dwellers near the Mumbai airport, has since been translated into 30...

    A Word, Please: From open to hyphenated to closed, an evolving process

    According to my 1933 Oxford Universal Dictionary, "good-bye" and "co-operate" are hyphenated, neither "leg room" nor "birth rate" can be run together into single word, and "teenager" doesn't exist. But open a current dictionary like Webster's New...

    Friends of the Libraries: The benefits of good literature

    Though many in this digital age maintain that print is headed toward extinction, a Dec. 15 article in the Los Angeles Times says this may not be so. It seems that a number of online-only publications have begun to reconsider print — at least for...

    The Latest: 'Frost' unfrozen; a laid-back 'Home'

    The Latest: 'Frost' unfrozen; a laid-back 'Home'
    John Frost: A Quiet Mastery Phil Kovinick The Irvine Museum, 239 pages Thank God for archivists. The other week, I read a column in the Orange County Register by Sharon Henry, who sought to find the story behind Helen Stanley, whose name appears...