Welcome to my blog, the place to visit for news about Carolinas books and authors . Even before I began covering the books beat, I knew the Carolinas had a rich literary history. But I’m still amazed at the writing talent we can claim.
Did you know, for instance, that Rock Hill is home to a fantasy writer with more than 2.5 million books in print? Check back here later this week to hear her story.
Along with writing about Carolinas talent, I’ll give you a heads up about authors coming to town. (Margaret Atwood’s at Davidson College Feb. 25. And the price is right: Free!)
I’ll also muse occasionally about reading, literary trends and one of my favorite subjects: the English language.
I was fascinated, for instance, by the “On Language” column in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. In it, Grant Barrett describes the case for “cellar door” as one of the loveliest phrases in our language. Who knew?
Here’s a word at the top of my ugly-word list: “Blog.”
Sounds like the child of of blob and slog, first cousin to soggy.
How’d it originate? As shorthand for “web log,” coined, we can guess, by someone who doesn’t dwell on the musicality of language.
I’ve tried to think of a better substitute for this thing I’m writing, but I’m coming up dry. Cyber journal? Ick. Thesaurus.com couldn’t even give me a synonym for “blog.”
“No results,” it said. “Did you mean bog?”