Hero Hobbits, Greek to Me
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 1053
- Apr 19, 2019 10:00 pm
- 1:40:23 mins
Lessons from a Hobbit on How to Be a Hero Guest: Tim Slover, Professor of Theater Studies and Dramatic Literature, University of Utah Heroes in the most popular movies of the day require super powers, super-powerful weapons and super friends. (Looking at you, Avengers.) But what about us normal, not-super people. Who can we look to for a hero lesson? Maybe a hobbit? Yes, The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien offers a is a guide to heroism for everyday folks. The New Yorker’s Comma Queen and Her Greek Obsession Guest: Mary Norris, Former Copy Editor, The New Yorker, Author of “Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen” Mary Norris is The New Yorker’s Comma Queen -a stickler for grammar who spent decades working her way up through the copy-editing ranks of the magazine to become the person who checked every page before it went to print. All the while, Norris nursed a passion for Greek –first modern Greek because she just really wanted to travel in Greece. But then she fell in love with ancient Greek, which -ironically for a woman known as the Comma Queen –has no punctuation at all. Learning Greek made her better at English, says Norris–and also at living.