Punctuation Matters

Punctuation Matters

This month I read two memoirs that I would be giving glowing reviews to, if only they had employed quotation marks.  Is anyone else fed up with the idea that quotation marks in dialogue are unnecessary? Basic rules of grammar and punctuation exist for a reason (to...
A Million Little Lies

A Million Little Lies

(This review first appeared in January 2006) Rating:  A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey.  Random House (2004), 448 pages. A memoir is one person’s memories of his life and can’t be expected to represent an exact rendition of absolute fact,...
Detectives and CIA Operatives Must Go

Detectives and CIA Operatives Must Go

(This opinion first appeared in February 2003) The following words and phrases have no business in a decent book: FBI CIA Washington insider sophisticated weaponry special agent top-secret cigar-smoking helicopters submarines tanks ill-gotten business vigilante hit...