An interesting pair of articles this week:
On Slate.com, “Emily Dickinson’s Secret Lover! Why the Big News is Being Ignored.” Christopher Benfey explores the secret life of Emily Dickinson. He writes, “Evidence that Dickinson’s love life was fairly ordinary, with ordinary temptations and disappointments, doesn’t quite fit the bill. Her exile on Main Street has seemed a necessary part of the Dickinson myth, so necessary, indeed, that contrary information—which happens to have been piling up lately—has often been discounted or ignored.”
In the Boston Globe, “Buzz Factor: Annoyed by Catch Phrases? Chill Out.” Jan Freeman takes on a topic near and dear to MRP’s heart. “Slang and catch phrases are the shooting stars and comets of the language firmament, shining brighter and moving faster than the (relatively) fixed stars of usage,” she writes.