James Williams is a freelance copywriter and editor living in St. Louis.
Steven Pinker Wants You to Write Well -- and He Thinks He's the Guy to Teach You | 18 Nov 2015 // 1:00 AM
The prolific scholar and linguist Steven Pinker adds a volume to the already crowded field of grammar and usage guides. But does he have anything new to say?
Lost in 'The Vorrh' | 3 Jun 2015 // 9:05 PM
The Vorrh is almost certainly unlike anything you have read before, but is it worth the considerable effort required to traverse its many pages?
America Has a Fever and the Only Cure Is Poetry | 14 Nov 2014 // 1:00 AM
In Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays, Tony Hoagland makes a compelling case that poetry is just what America needs, so long as it's the right kind of poetry.
Why You Have No Idea What Your Favorite Characters Look Like | 13 Oct 2014 // 8:05 PM
Celebrated book designer Peter Mendelsund considers how readers construct (or fail to construct) visual images in their minds in What We See When We Read.
The Words That Maketh Murder | 17 Jul 2014 // 1:00 AM
David Bromwich's Moral Imagination Is an exploration of the relationship between the America national consciousness and political discourse.