The Definitive Reading & Listening Guide to Constance Hale’s “Sin and Syntax” – Part II

Welcome to Part II! Thank you for coming back to this long list of people who make us all look a little bad at what we strive to be/do.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

NOTE: I may have missed a few, but, as far as I know, this is the complete list—again, in many parts—of every person, book, song, and more mentioned by Hale.

  • Paul Simon (“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”)
  • Matthew Zapruder (“April Snow” poem)
  • Horace (Roman poet)
  • Francis Bacon
  • The Bible
  • M.F.K. Fisher (American food writer)
  • Elsa Schiaparelli (fashion designer)
  • Erma Bombeck
  • Kenneth Koch (“Permanently” poem)
  • Geoffrey Nunberg (American linguist)
  • Bruce Olds (novelist)
  • Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit)
  • Roger Angell (The New Yorker journalist, “In the Fire”)
  • William Finnegan (“The Sporting Scene: Playing Doc’s Games”)
  • Homer’s The Odyssey
  • Dr. Seuss’s Hop on Pop
  • Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (aka Q. Although, Cornish writer)
  • Arnold Zwicky (linguist)
  • Jan Freeman (Active Resistance: What We Get Wrong About the Passive Voice)
  • Language Log (blog)
  • Geoff Pullum (“Confusion Over Avoiding the Passive“)
  • Germaine Greer (“The Female Eunuch”)
  • Richard Rapaport (“The Playground of Big Science”)
  • Garner’s Modern American Usage
  • Jamaica Kincaid (“Girl”)
  • James Weldon Johnson (“Lift Every Voice and Sing”)
  • Blind Gary Davis (“Lord I Fell Just Like Goin’ On”)
  • Elizabeth Cotton (“Mama, Nobody’s Here but the Baby”)
  • Howlin’ Wolf (“Moanin’ at Midnight”)
  • George Strait (“All My Exes Live in Texas”)
  • Memphis Minnie – “If You See My Rooster (Please Run Him Home)”
  • Robert Johnson (“I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom”)
  • Lee Hazlewood (“These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”)
  • Led Zeppelin (“The Song Remains the Same”)
  • The Rolling Stones (“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”)
  • The Seeds (“Can’t Seem to Make You Mine”)

Happy Reading and Listening!

Stay tuned for Part III

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