Listicle: Punctuation & Grammar Essays that Entertain as well as Teach

  • Brisse, Emily. “The Geography of Sentences.”
  • Crair, Ben. “The Period is Pissed.”
  • Gass, William. “I’ve Got a Little List.”
  • –. “And.”
  • Hale, Constance. “Sin and Syntax.”
  • Iyer, Pico. “In Praise of the Humble Comma.”
  • Lukeman, Noah. “A Dash of Style” by Noah Lukeman
  • Mali, Taylor. “The Impotence of Proofreading.”
  • Morano, Michele. “The Subjunctive Mood” from Grammar Lessons
  • Norris, Mary. “Confessions of a Comma Queen.”
  • –. Videos of Mary Norris speaking on a variety of grammar and punctuation topics are available at The New Yorker.
  • Pinker, Steven. “What the F***: Why We Curse.”
  • Samuel. Benjamin. “The Comma from Which My Heart Hangs.”
  • Staid, Mairead Small. “The 27th Letter.”
  • Stein, Gertrude. “Poetry and Grammar.”
  • Thomas, Lewis. “Notes on Punctuation” (1979), found in the sixth edition of the Norton Reader
  • Voight, Ellen Bryant. “The Art of Syntax” (book).
  • –. Several of the essays in Voight’s book “The Flexible Lyric.” See access to EBV’s “Rethinking Adjectives” from the “The Flexible Lyric” here (other essays are available, too).

Editor’s Note: thank you to all in the CW Pedagogy Forum who made suggestions for this list.

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