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Episode 50: Dennis Duncan
Dennis Duncan explores "an unlikely realm of ambition and obsession, sparring and politicking, pleasure and play" in his study of the index, the too-often overlooked back-of-the-book guide to just about everything, it turns out. Index, A History of the debuts in America on February 15. We'll find out how it's going on the next That Word Chat on March 1.
Dr. Duncan is a writer, translator, lecturer in English at University College London and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has published numerous academic books, including Book Parts and The Oulipo and Modern Thought, and translations of Michel Foucault, Boris Vian, and Alfred Jarry. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, and the London Review of Books, and recent articles have considered Mallarmé and jugs, James Joyce and pornography, and the history of Times New Roman.
As a bonus, we'll also talk to the person who wrote the index for Index.
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Past episodes with links to YouTube
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Episode 1 (April 7): Mary Norris
Episode 2 (April 14): Steve Kleinedler and Kory Stamper
Episode 3 (April 21): Roy Peter Clark
Episode 4 (April 28): Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett
Episode 5 (May 5): Ellen Jovin and Brandt Johnson
Episode 6 (May 12): David Crystal
Episode 7 (May 19) Ammon Shea and Peter Sokolowski
Episode 8 (May 26) Lynne Murphy
Episode 10 (June 16): Mignon Fogarty
Episode 11 (June 23): Jesse Sheidlower with special guest Colleen Newvine
Episode 12 (June 30): Jane Friedman
Episode 13 (July 14): Stan Carey and James Harbeck of Strong Language
Episode 14 (July 28): Steve Bien-Aime
Episode 15 (August 11): Ben Zimmer
Episode 16 (August 25): Alaina Lavoie and Caroline Tung Richmond of We Need Diverse Books
Episode 17 (September 8): Heather Bonikowski and John Kelly of Dictionary.com
Episode 18 (September 22): The Quad: Erin Brenner, Sarah Grey, Katharine O'Moore-Klopf, Adrienne Montgomerie, Lori Paximadis, Laura Poole, Amy Schneider
Episode 19 (October 6): Carol Saller
Episode 20 (October 20): Linda Kass of Gramercy Books
Episode 21 (November 10): The Word Puzzlers
Episode 22 (November 17): Merrill Perlman and Teresa Schmedding of the ACES Academy
Episode 23 (December 1): Rob and Teresa Reinalda
Episode 24 (December 15): Emily Brewster
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Episode 26 (January 19): Malini Devadas
Episode 27 (February 2): Kory Stamper
Episode 28 (February 16): Cynthia Williams
Episode 29 (March 2): Grammar Day Celebration with Martha Brockenbrough and Special Guests
Episode 30 (March 16): Iva Cheung
Episode 31 (March 30): June Casagrande
Episode 32 (April 13): Dennis Baron
Episode 33 (April 27): Barbara Wallraff
May 11: Patron Happy Hour (private event)
Episode 34 (May 25): Maisha Maurant and Sangeeta Mehta
Episode 35 (June 8): Lisa McLendon
Episode 36 (June 22): Hannah Franz
Episode 37 (July 6): Arika Okrent
Episode 38 (July 20): Megan Figueroa
Episode 39 (August 3): Ann Friedman
Episode 40 (August 17): Gretchen McCulloch
Episode 41 (August 31): Russell Harper and Daniel Heuman
Episode 42 (September 14): Erin McKean
Episode 43 (September 28): Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby
Episode 44 (October 12): Crystal Shelley
Episode 45 (October 26): Fred Shapiro
Episode 46 (November 9): Paula Froke
Episode 47 (December 7): The Word Puzzlers II
Episode 48 (January 11): The Word of the Year 2021, featuring an international panel of lexicographers
January 18: Patron Holiday Party (private event)
Episode 49 (February 1): Anne Curzan
Episode 50 (March 1): Dennis Duncan
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