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Sparkle and Spin: A Clever 1957 Children’s Book About Words Illustrated by Iconic Designer Paul Rand
Sparkle and Spin: A Clever 1957 Children’s Book About Words Illustrated by Iconic Designer Paul Rand

A mid-century lens on the relationship between language and image, shape and sound, thought and expression.

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The Bomb and the General: A Vintage Semiotic Children’s Book by Umberto Eco circa 1966
The Bomb and the General: A Vintage Semiotic Children’s Book by Umberto Eco circa 1966

How symbols become symbols, or what keeping atoms in harmony has to do with language acquisition.

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A Brief History of The Elements of Style and What Makes It Great
A Brief History of The Elements of Style and What Makes It Great

On depth in simplicity and beauty in plainness.

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Wired for Culture: How Language Enabled “Visual Theft,” Sparked Innovation, and Helped Us Evolve
Wired for Culture: How Language Enabled “Visual Theft,” Sparked Innovation, and Helped Us Evolve

Why remix culture and collaborative creativity are an evolutionary advantage.

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E. B. White on Why Brevity Is Not the Gold Standard for Style
E. B. White on Why Brevity Is Not the Gold Standard for Style

“Writing is not an exercise in excision, it’s a journey into sound.”

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Babel No More: Inside the Secrets of Superhuman Language-Learners
Babel No More: Inside the Secrets of Superhuman Language-Learners

What a Chilean YouTube disaster and a busy Manhattan restaurant have to do with the limits of the human brain.

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