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Short taking: Is it a noun or a verb?

Can powerful writing change the way we think? If not our semantics, might it at least alter our syntax?

In “The Shakepeared Brain,” Philip Davis describes another way to say, “This book changed my life!” (via John Baker)

Equally delightful: Seamus Heaney’s bookshelves. Speaking of Kenyon Review Literary Award recipients, Umberto Eco is the Armani of Italian literature. (via the Literary Saloon)

The 25th Anniversary Edition of Lewis Hyde’s The Gift was released this week, and it’s just lovely. ‘Tis the season, I suppose.