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Mary Norris: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Between You and Me

There is always something to learn about language.

In an age when everyone is a writer, and so much comes to us unfiltered, in the form of tweets and texts and blogs, do we celebrate or do we cringe? Is it necessary to correct people who say “him and I”? Should we skulk around like vigilantes, fixing mistakes on signs by night? An editor’s job is to help writers say precisely what they mean. What is an off-duty editor to do?

Mary Norris

Mary Norris spent 35 years as a copy editor at The New Yorker, experience that she drew on for her book Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (W. W. Norton, 2015), a New York Times bestseller.