Articles by Dominic Smith

November 26, 2014

The Impediments of Style: Advice from Steven Pinker and the CIA 1

Pinker is on a mission to remove the heckling usage purists from the back of the linguistics classroom.

May 15, 2014

The Literature of the Standing Desk 4

The standing desk has entered its heyday. It’s changing the cubicle skyline of corporate America, the open-plan shared workspaces of the startup world, and the studios and work nooks of thousands of writers across the country.

December 30, 2013

How Many Novelists are at Work in America? 17

Writing a novel is like starting a small business and investing thousands of hours without knowing exactly what it is you’re going to end up selling. It’s a leap of faith every time, even for someone who is five novels into a career.

November 18, 2013

Where is all the Fiction in Space? 5

There’s a smattering of poetry wending its way through space. But where’s the fiction drifting through the dark sea of ionized gas? Wouldn’t we send at least one Chekhov story?

September 12, 2013

Letter of the Law: On J.D. Salinger, Unpublished Works, and US Copyright 3

Curiously, though, under all three sets of rules — copyright, fair use, and most archive policies — I am free to use my iPad to take good resolution images of unpublished manuscripts so long as I don’t share them publicly. Who can say if this extends to the privacy of my own home where I might convert an unused closet into a Salinger shrine? Such is the fickleness of U.S. copyright law.