- I love punctuation. It's so useful. I'm a particular fan of what I've always known as the serial comma. You know, the comma that comes after the penultimate item in a series. I've noticed, over the years, that its use has seemed to be in decline, but I didn't know that it was officially endangered until I saw this article on Galley Cat. (I also didn't know that it is also called the Oxford comma). How relieved, then, was I to read the next day that the Oxford University Press does indeed allow "thoughtful use" of the comma in question. I read quite a few articles and their comments, some bemoaning, some celebrating the loss of this marvelous punctuation mark, but my favorite was Alexandra Petri's blog post at the Washington Post. In addition to being quite hilarious, her post quoted a wonderful example (by an author who has no particular commitment to the Oxford comma) of an instance of meaning transformed by an unplaced comma: "I'd like to thank my parents, Ayn Rand and God."
I did not write a single review this week. I did, however, just finish Dan Simmons's wonderful--and quite fat--new novel Flashback, and a review is percolating.
ON BOOK FROG'S RADAR
Some look good and, well, some don't. Most are new, one's not (but I just found out what it's about).
My reading roundup is lame this week. Why not help me fill it out by linking up your best review or other book-related post of the week? Or, perhaps, a link to someone else's book-related article.