Tony Judt

Tony Judt has published a new essay, “Words,” in the New York Review of Books (15 July 2010 ssue) which synthesizes the story of his own illness (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) with what one might call an autobiography of his literacy. He weaves together his personal story with another about how language learning and rhetorical style have changed over the course of the last half-century. There is much in the (at times rather beautiful) essay, but one thread that can be traced through it is the recent history of educated use of English. For more about him, look over at this story from the Chronicle.

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