David Skinner, author of The Story of Ain’t: America, its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published will be visiting the Kent Non-fiction Book Group on Tuesday, February 26th at noon in the Main Meeting Room.
As described by Amazon- Entertaining and erudite, The Story of Ain’t describes a great societal metamorphosis, tracing the fallout of the world wars, the rise of an educated middle class, and the emergence of America as the undisputed leader of the free world, and illuminating how those forces shaped our language. Never before or since has the Webster’s Third Dictionary so embodied the cultural transformation of the United States.
David Skinner is a writer and editor living in Alexandria, Virginia. He writes about Language and culture. He has been a staff editor at the Weekly Standard, for which he still writes, and an editor of Doublethink magazine. He has written for the WallStreet Journal, the New Atlantis, Slate, the Washington Times, the American Spectator, and many other publications.
Skinner is the editor of Humanities magazine, which is published by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is on the usage panel for the American Heritage Dictionary.
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