Proving that the quest for high scores on the SAT is as tragically unhip as ever, The Princeton Review is making headlines for setting off a grammar grudge match with pop sensation Taylor Swift. Swift’s lyrics are not only included in a section on pronoun agreement errors, they’re misquoted (although as Eugene Volokh points out at WaPo, this doesn’t seem to have changed the grammatical point in question). The debate over using “they” as a singular pronoun (“somebody tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe them,” quoth Swift) remains as ferocious as ever....more
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Nothing much more needs to be said: At the Atlantic, “the author of White Noise reviews Taylor Swift’s white noise.”...more
It’s a truism among people who spend a lot of time online that you should never, under any circumstances, read the comments—especially not YouTube comments.
But when writer Mark Slutsky broke that rule, he found unexpected flashes of genuine emotion hidden in the cesspool of racial slurs and semiliterate rantings—memories of a deceased friend under a James Blunt song, for example, or a tribute to a young cancer survivor under her favorite Taylor Swift tune....more
From June through December of 2012, I kept a diary of musical impressions that didn’t develop into longer pieces....more