Lane Greene writes the Johnson language column at the Economist. He speaks nine languages.
Books by Lane Greene
Interviews with Lane Greene
Most grammar books say ‘do this, and that’s that.’ But who says? How do they know? Real rules are grounded in the facts of actual standard usage. Here are five grammar books that show their work, telling you not only what to do but why, and how they know. Accept nothing less.
Does the world look different in other languages? Are there words that cannot be translated? Is it OK to say disinterested when you mean uninterested? Lane Greene, who writes the Economist’s “Johnson” column on language, dispels some of the popular but misguided ideas many of us have about language.
Interviews where books by Lane Greene were recommended
Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom
by Erica Benner
Talk on the Wild Side: The Untameable Nature of Language
by Lane Greene
Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas
by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough
Haig's Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany's War on the Western Front
by Jonathan Boff
Ottoman Odyssey: Travels through a Lost Empire
by Alev Scott