Angus Tonkin

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From alright to zap: an A-Z of horrible words

Is ‘epic fail’ an epic failure, should ‘to hot-desk’ make us hot under the collar, and is ‘like’ to be, like, deplored? A 21st-century guide to good grammar<p><i>Alright</i>, a merged form of <i>all right</i>, has long been trashed in conservative style guides. A typical work of 1939 says firmly: “Never – <i>never</i> – …

Shakespeare Tragedies: Macbeth (Audio Extract) by Penguin Books UK - Listen to music

Shakespeare Tragedies: Hamlet (Audio extract) by Penguin Books UK - Listen to music

Cheap Words

Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?<p>Amazon is a global superstore, like Walmart. It’s also a hardware manufacturer, like Apple, and a utility, like Con Edison, and a video distributor, like Netflix, and a book publisher, like Random House, and a production studio, like Paramount, …

The Interpreter

Has a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language?<p><i>Correction appended</i>.<p>One morning last July, in the rain forest of northwestern Brazil, Dan Everett, an American linguistics professor, and I stepped from the pontoon of a Cessna floatplane onto the beach bordering the Maici River, a …

The Age of Unicorns

Stewart Butterfield had one objective when he set out to raise money for his startup last fall: a billion dollars or nothing. If he couldn’t reach a …

The Secrets Of Highly Efficient Napping

Not all naps are created equal. Some naps have been shown to rejuvenate where others boost creativity. What's more, <i>when</i> you nap can be as important …

An hereditary meritocracy

“MY BIG fear,” says Paul Ryan, an influential Republican congressman from Wisconsin, is that America is losing sight of the notion that “the …

Paul Ryan

The Mark

The F.B.I. needs informants, but what happens when they go too far?<p>Last January, Michael Grimm, a forty-year-old United States congressman from Staten Island, sat for an interview in his Washington office with Greta Van Susteren, of Fox News. Grimm, a freshman representative who had recently been …

Brain Gain

The underground world of “neuroenhancing” drugs.<p>A young man I’ll call Alex recently graduated from Harvard. As a history major, Alex wrote about a dozen papers a semester. He also ran a student organization, for which he often worked more than forty hours a week; when he wasn’t on the job, he had …

The Curse of Reading and Forgetting

Recently, a colleague mentioned that she had been rereading Richard Hughes’s “A High Wind in Jamaica,” which was first published in 1929 and is about a group of creepy little kids who become the unwanted wards of sad, listless pirates. She praised it, and her recommendation sent me to Amazon. The …

Why Are Educators Learning How to Interrogate Their Students?

About a year and a half ago, Jessica Schneider was handed a flyer by one of her colleagues in the child-advocacy community. It advertised a training session, offered under the auspices of the Illinois Principals Association (I.P.A.), in how to interrogate students. Specifically, teachers and school …

Technology is not going to crush the language barrier anytime soon

In a recent <i>Wall Street Journal</i> article, technology policy expert Alec Ross argued that, within a decade or so, we'll be able to communicate with one another via small earpieces with built-in microphones.<p>No more trying to remember your high school French when checking into a hotel in Paris. Your …

Get off my land! Britain's terrifying army of scarecrows – in pictures

When Colin Garratt went to photograph the traditional sentinels of the British countryside, he found they ranged from the dapper to the downright sinister

They’re not eviscerating Trump: John Oliver and Stephen Colbert will never save us from fascism

<b>John Oliver, Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert (HBO/Reuters/David McNew/Mike Blake)</b><p>The left is still convinced its late-show hosts can take down the GOP frontrunner. It needs a better plan, and fast<p>Jacob Sugarman<p>March 12, 2016 9:30pm (UTC)<p>Sometimes a tweet is just a tweet, and sometimes it's something a …

How we made War and Peace out of felt – in pictures

Children and teenagers,Books,Culture,Children's books: 7 and under,Picture books,War and Peace,Leo Tolstoy<p>Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace is a book that most people know but few have actually read(though you may have seen an adaptation, including the recent six-episode TV series). So how did Cozy …

A Q&A with Daniel Klein

In <i>Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It</i>, philosopher Daniel Klein looks back at a notebook of quotes he collected in his younger …

Text’s APA Digital Intern, Angus Tonkin, Recounts Six Months in Publishing

For the past six months I’ve had the great privilege of working at Text Publishing as a digital intern. It’s part of a program generously sponsored …