Click here to see me, talking a little too fast, on a local talk show this morning. Tonight I will be reading at Powell's, which is of course the best bookstore in the solar system.

Meanwhile, my story about Facebooking dissidents in Egypt is just out in the new issue of Wired. Read it here and let me know what you think.

On the spelling front, the conversations just get better and better. Today an interviewer at a progressive talk-radio station demonstrated the kind of neocon-style attitude toward language policing that makes this whole subject so amusing.
And here are a few foibles, courtesy of a friend of a friend. University students in Wisconsin recently included the following on term papers:

"asses" instead of "assess."
"memorandom"
And a misspelling of the company name, Deloitte & Touche. The student wrote "Deloitte & Touché"

Meanwhile, check out this word-geek piece in Smithsonian, and, although it's completely unrelated except for the fact that it too is text made out of words, check out this Vancouver Island kayaking story, written by my friend Frederick.


Lastly, here's one of the more tangled sentences of this campaign season. Tell me: What is a columnist without clarity?

"As if McCain's risky and unsuccessful but in no way irrational attempt to tactically maneuver his way through the economic tsunami that came crashing down a month ago renders unfit for office a man who demonstrated the most admirable equanimity and courage in the face of unimaginable pressures as a prisoner of war, and who later steadily navigated innumerable challenges and setbacks, not the least of which was the collapse of his campaign just a year ago."
-- Charles Krauthammer.
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