David Copperfield is Born and is ... A Great Many Other Things As Well

David Copperfield is Born and is … A Great Many Other Things As Well

Another modern reader wrestles with Dickens’ “favorite child”

Getting the Names Right

Getting the Names Right

The Social Security Administration’s archives are a rich source of data on American naming trends.

Delightful Snippets: Echoes in C.S. Lewis and Tolkien

Delightful Snippets: Echoes in C.S. Lewis and Tolkien

I’m going to fire up a category of short posts in which I share short passages that interest or delight me for some reason or other, in the thought that they may interest or delight you as well. Here’s one I noticed a while back.

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The author’s in charge — isn’t she?

Sometimes authors give their readers a peek behind the scenes. And sometimes the readers say “thanks but no thanks.” Can an author really claim she did something “wrong” with a story? Doesn’t this undermine her standing as the Prime Mover, the Higgs Boson of her fictional world? Such are the questions posed in a column over on The Millions, which deals with what one reader felt was some over-sharing on the part of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.