What We're Reading This Week: Poetry, Gardening Histories, The Great Oxford Comma Debate

Posted by on August 28, 2014 at 10:30:00 AM EDT | Post a Comment

It's almost Labor Day, and I'm thinking about women who paved the way for later generations. "Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and the Women Who Designed Them" is a double pleasure from the New York Botanical Garden. The slender catalog for the NYBG's evocative exhibit of a Beatrix Farrand garden and related displays captures the ambition of Farrand and other women landscape designers and photographers in the early 20th century. Born after the Civil War, these women took advantage of a prosperous America's interest in beautification to lead the way in new fields. It's a stirring story: best yet, you can take Metro North to the garden and see the show until September 7. —Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director

I'll be spending the next few months reading the entries on Flavorwire's list of "50 Essays Guaranteed to Make You a Better Person." Joan Didion, E.B. White, James Baldwin, Susan Sontag, Christopher Hitchens, Nora Ephron—all the greats are represented. —Michael Alan Connelly, Editor, Fodors.com

I enjoyed this short video on the Oxford comma so much that I decided to share it with my friend, a grammar dimwit and a lazy writer.—Eric Wechter, Editor, Cruises and Resorts

I have been thumbing through Collected Poems by Jack Gilbert, rediscovering some of the poems I heard him read from his 2005 collection, Refusing Heaven, and being floored by some devastating new ones, like "Married" and "Cherishing What Isn't." —Salwa Jabado, Senior Editor, Countryside and Adventure

I've been reading Stephen King's On Writing, a memoir about how he came to be a writer, his tips and suggestions for other writers, and general anecdotes about his life writing. —Perrie Hartz, Associate Editor, Cruises and Resorts

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