The ending was trite and even Hollywood-esque, but the book was so wickedly well-written I couldn't put it down.
I don't think these tricks would workThe ending was trite and even Hollywood-esque, but the book was so wickedly well-written I couldn't put it down.
I don't think these tricks would work on me (That's what they all say!) because I don't frequent bars and clubs with the intention to be picked up, and because I read the book.
And although all the characters (excuse me, real people) end up miserable due to their pickupish ways, there are still valuable lessons to be learned. People really are like cats and string, after all....more
More prescriptive than Fodor's, I have high hopes for several of his itineraries (though it's a little bleak on restaI actually have the 2009 edition.
More prescriptive than Fodor's, I have high hopes for several of his itineraries (though it's a little bleak on restaurants outside his prescribed area). Like with Paris: Wish You Were Here, the ultimate test will be when I actually go.
When Firoozeh Dumas first came to the United States in 1972 at the age of seven, no one had ever heard of Iran, and her American neighbors treated her with tremendous kindness and generosity: neighborhood mothers made sure their daughters invited her to their parties, and neighborhood children made sure the had the quintessential American experience of eating oreos.
After the Islamic Revolution and the hostage crisis, everything changed, so the author started calling herself "Julie" so that Americans would be kind to her again.
With the exception of that very sad fact, Firoozeh Dumas's experience of growing up in America is probably not much different from that of other Americans growing up in America: her mother worries a lot, her father can't pass up free samples in grocery stores or perqs from attending timeshare seminars, and her family makes many, many trips to Disneyland.
This memoir is funny, warm, upbeat, and very, very short....more
I need to study up now that I write professionally.
"Similar fidelity holds where a pronoun appositive appears: it still takes the same case as theI need to study up now that I write professionally.
"Similar fidelity holds where a pronoun appositive appears: it still takes the same case as the word to which it's in apposition...
"Let's you and me get together and do away with some of the possibilities. (you and me are in apposition to the us in let's: let us)"
I didn't know that.
"When singular and plural subjects are joined by the correlative conjunctions either...or, neither...nor, not only...but also, not...but, the verb begs to agree with the subject nearest to it...
"Not only the patrons but also the curator was unduly cruel."
"It is with its subject that a verb agrees, not with its subjective complement.
"His pantaloons are a problem for the king. "The king's problem is his pantaloons."
I might have known that.
"Data and media are plurals formed in the same way, but over time have come to take singular as well as plural verbs, with the distinctions occasionally blurring to no one's mortification. Data is usually a plural noun meaning facts or pieces of information ("The data add up to a picture of..."). As a singular mass noun, it's given a singular treatment ("Not much data has been raked up on...")."
My undergraduate research advisor told me that if I learned nothing else in my undergraduate research, I should learn that data are plural, but it sounds like I shouldn't have learned even that.
I knew that whether a clause was restrictive or nonrestrictive determined whether you use "that" or "which", but I didn't appreciate that it also determines whether the clause is set aside by commas.
"There are instances in which a comma should be used [between two or more independent clauses] instead of a semicolon. When the clauses are concise and similar in construction or when the sentence has a casual lilt, use a comma between the clauses.
"I could hardly believe my senses, he so relieved my fever. "She darkened his door, he lit her fire, they both burned."
Didn't know you could do that, either: not sure when this would come up in my own writing, though....more