To be published October 27th!
SIMON WINCHESTER is the New York Times best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman. His recent titles include Atlantic and The Men Who United the States. Winchester was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to journalism and literature. He lives in Massachusetts and New York City.
Word of the Week
Cacoethes: A classic example of a so-called 'hard word' - otherwise an 'itch'. Not so much a scratchable physical itch, though - more an incurable passion - as with Juvenal, who famously declared his insanabile scribendi cacoethes - which some who think Juvenal's poetry tedious, translate not as his eternal yearning to write, but an urge merely to scribble. Like Capote on Kerouac's not writing but typing. Though both of these men had the itch. Or were cacoethic.