National Endowment for the Humanities Announces New Grants

Image President James Madison’s Montpelier estate in Virginia. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a grant for field research to analyze materials excavated from the estate overseer’s quarters.CreditKenneth M. Wyner/Montpelier Foundation An animated short documentary series about female trailblazers in the Progressive Era, a biography of Sacagawea and a project analyzing materials excavated from…

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The Em Dash Divides

After the Oxford comma debate and the death knell of the period, the latest mark to define and divide us — breaking up our thoughts, adding emphasis to our convictions, alternately vexing and delighting readers — is the em dash. For some writers, the em dash is a vice that their editors occasionally forgive but…

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