Openness and Secrecy

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

We’ll find out the history and future of anonymous information leaks by hackers and activists, like Wikileaks and Anonymous. Tony Danza tells us about his experiences teaching 10th-grade English for a year at Philadelphia’s largest high school, and explains why he wants to apologize to every teacher he’s ever had. Ken Follett discusses his new novel, Winter of the World. Plus, our word maven Patricia T. O’Conner answers questions about our confounding English language and grammar!

Activist Hackers

Forbes journalist Andy Greenberg traces the history of the activists trying to free the world’s institutional secrets, from the cryptography revolution of the 1970s to Wikileaks’ founding hacker Julian Assange, Anonymous, and beyond. In This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information, he explains how hackers access private files of government agencies and corporations, bringing on a new age of whistle blowing.

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Tony Danza's Year as a Rookie Teacher

Tony Danza talks about his experience teaching tenth-grade English for a year at Philadelphia’s largest high school. I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High includes portraits of students and teachers, and reveals how hard he found it to keep students engaged, how committed he found most teachers to be, and the role of teacher as counselor.

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Ken Follett's Winter of the World

Ken Follett talks about his new novel, Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy, the follow-up to bestseller Fall of Giants. It picks up where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the dramas of World War II, and into the atomic age.

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Patricia T. O'Conner on the Whole Nine Yards

Our word maven Patricia T. O'Conner talks about new findings on “the whole nine yards.” She’ll also answer questions about 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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