Bruna Dantas Lobato
is an intern for The Millions. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Ploughshares online, Music & Literature, Words Without Borders, and elsewhere. She is currently the assistant fiction editor for Washington Square Review. She tweets at @bdantaslobato.
Okay, so the deal with the famed and occasionally disdainedNew Yorker umlaut on words like “cooperate” is that it is not an umlaut, it is a diaeresis, and they’ll be holding onto it, thank you very much.
The kind folks at the PEN American Center recorded Colum McCann’s recent conversation with author and soccer ace Aleksandar Hemon. Listen to the pair discuss the Western distinction between fiction and non-fiction, and also the hypothetical merits of “watching a potato.”
You may like Scrabble, but are you a Scrabble enthusiast? True devotees of the game amass huge vocabularies of odd and high-scoring words. In The New Republic, Sam EiflingreviewsWord Nerd, a new book about the game’s top players.