| Aug 15, 2011
| 7:03 AM
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:
You've seen the pattern of fine...
| Feb 9, 2012
*1/2 (out of four)
FYI: When punching a lizard in the face, it’s called giving him “the thunder cookie.”
At least, that’s what Hank (Dwayne Johnson) calls it when protecting his stepson Sean (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role...
| Oct 21, 2011
| 10:45 AM
Years ago, I wrote a column about “whom” and the dangers of using it wrong. What happened next remains one of the weirdest moments in my writing career.
A reader sent an email to scold me, but not for anything to do with the word “...
| Nov 27, 2011
In Other Worlds
SF and the Human Imagination
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: 259 pp., $24.95
Great fiction writers are usually better at showing than at telling. Sometimes, though, the job of explaining their creative choices is thrust on...