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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival (Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival)

On today’s show: we’ll speak with the chief creative officer and the artistic director of the Tribeca Film Festival about what we can look forward to seeing this time around. John D’Agata and fact-checker Jim Fingal on the use of the truth in writing non-fiction. Today’s installment of A History of the World in 100 Objects looks at a Ming Dynasty bank note. Plus, Patricia T. O’Conner answers questions about the confounding—and at times discombobulating—English language.

This Year's Tribeca Film Festival

Geoff Gilmore, chief creative officer of Tribeca Enterprises, and Frédéric Boyer, artistic director of the Tribeca Film Festival, talk about this year’s festival.

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The Lifespan of a Fact

Writer John D’Agata and fact-checker Jim Fingal discuss truth and the definition of nonfiction. Their book, The Lifespan of a Fact, is a record of the seven years of arguments, negotiations, and revisions D’Agata and Fingal went through over a 2003 essay by D’Agata, and it explores the boundaries of literary nonfiction.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner on Discombobulation

Our word maven Patricia T. O'Conner answers the question: What’s the opposite of “discombobulate”? (Yes there is one.) And she answers questions about English language and grammar. An updated and expanded third edition of her book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, is available in paperback, as is  Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman.

If you have a question about language and grammar, leave a comment or call us at 212-433-9692!

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