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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 15 (August 11): Ben Zimmer
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 36 (June 22): Hannah Franz
Episode 39 (August 3): Ann Friedman
Episode 40 (August 17): Gretchen McCulloch
Episode 42 (September 14): Erin McKean
Episode 43 (September 28): Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby
Episode 48 (January 11): The Word of the Year 2021, featuring an international panel of lexicographers
January 18: Patron Holiday Party (private event)
Episode 50 (March 1): Dennis Duncan
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