Archive for June, 2008

Bill Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors

Monday, June 30th, 2008

This is a book review I wrote for the July 2008 issue of Blue Pencil, Newsletter of the Society of Editors (NSW) Inc.

Do you need to make room on your bookshelf for yet another reference? Read on and find out.

Bill Bryson\'s Dictionary for Writers and EditorsBryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors
By Bill Bryson
Doubleday, 2008 (Revised).

Take a browse through an editor’s book collection and you’ll probably find numerous well-thumbed references: dictionaries; spelling guides; manuals of style and common usage; tomes on punctuation and grammar; thesauruses (or thesauri); writers’ guides and books of common errors.

You’re also quite likely to find books by Bill Bryson, the peripatetic American humorist who has written about everything from culture to science to the history of the English language. As a journalist, editor and writer - rather than an academic - Bryson has always had an interest in the practicalities of language.


Film versus book - What’s the difference?

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Maybe it’s a stretch to call Iron Man a book, but there’s no doubt about Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera. Both are well-known written works - a comic and a masterpiece of ‘magical realism’ - which have recently been made into films.

I’ve watched a lot of adaptations this year in my reviewing for Alternative Media Group. Prince Caspian, The Painted Veil and The Mist are three others I’ve seen since February. Whenever I watch an adaptation, I always wonder about whether to treat the film as a version of the same story, or as something very different.