It's Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen - 92Y, New York

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It's Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

Mary Norris

From convincing her bosses at The New Yorker to pay for classes in Ancient Greek to walking the Sacred Way in search of Demeter and Persephone, Mary Norris, a.k.a. the New Yorker’s Comma Queen, delivers an unforgettable account of her lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo.

Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, and reveals the surprising ways in which Greek helped form English. Filled with Norris’s memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine—and more than a few Greek men—Greek to Me offers a fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own.

Mary Norris

Mary Norris began working at The New Yorker in 1978 and was a query proofreader at the magazine for twenty-four years …

Chrysanthe Filippardos

Chrysanthe Filippardos teaches Modern Greek at the Hellenic Classical Charter School in Brooklyn, at a Greek-heritage school in Corona, Queens, and at Columbia University …

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