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A Word-Nerd’s Bookshelf | October 2, 2007

Oh poor, neglected site. I promise this will be a more active blog once I’m a full-time employee of Geode (January 1, 2008!). But as I start the countdown to self-employment, it’s time to take stock of the company library. Below is the Geode reference shelf. Chime in with your own reference/style favorites!

Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.)
American Psychological Association Style Manual (5th ed.)
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (4th ed., text rev.)
Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.)
Words into Type (3rd ed.)
The New York Public Library Desk Reference
Webster’s New Biographical Dictionary
Webster’s Geographical Dictionary
Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations
The Careful Writer: A Modern Guide to English Usage
Usage and Abusage (Partridge)
Fowler’s Modern English Usage
Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Revising Prose (Lanham)



  1. Bryan Garner’s _Dictionary of Modern American Usage_. I think there’s a revised edition now, but I have the slightly older one, which is still pretty new and shiny.

    I also hit up’s food and drink dictionary pretty regularly.

    Comment by Hillary — October 8, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

  2. Oh, fine. As no one else is weighing in, I’ll add John Mariani’s Dictionary of Italian Food and Drink and the Larousse Gastronomique, which is a very outdated edition but has lots of fun pictures of sausages and such.

    And the All Music Guide online.

    Comment by Hillary — October 12, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

  3. The Trouser Press Guide to New Wave/Alternative Music, eds. 1-4, plus the supplemental volume on nineties music (even though it was published in ’96, with four more nineties to go).

    All Music is okay, not great. Lots of inaccuracies, omissions, and pedestrian opinions. I like to think that their recent revision of Leonard Cohen’s “Death of a Ladies’ Man” was spurred by a chiding e-mail I sent them. (It had been a two-star album, now it’s four.) And they still don’t get the Boo Radleys. Nobody does. Wait, what was the subject of this post?

    Comment by willenvelope — January 22, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

  4. Trouser Press is still rad. But it’s not clickable. All Music is not perfect, but it’s the best music database yet created.

    Heck, I’ll put in a vote for Wikipedia. It rocked on fact-checking a bunch of drug names recently.

    Comment by Hillary — January 23, 2008 @ 8:07 pm

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