When was the last time an errant panda showed up at your door, ate your food, then shot you, then left? If your answer is anything other than “never,” then you’ve got problems and I’m pretty sure the word “2020” is somehow linked to your response. But if you’re in the top 99.infinity% of people who likely haven’t had that experience, then you’re probably grateful for the positioning of commas and other punctuation that avoids communicating a lie about pandas’ criminal behavior and instead clarifies what they actually do, which is to eat shoots and leaves (the green kind).
Welcome back to this month’s bonus episode of The Writer’s Bookshelf. This time we’re covering Lynne Truss’s comedic take on the ever-complicated comma, in a book that decomplicates commas and decriminalizes pandas, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.
If you’ve never read it, then this video will explain why you should. Even if the thought of reading a book about commas bores you as much as actually reading a book about commas, then never fear. Lynne Truss has clearly mastered the art of making the mundane hilarious. So, you can read this book, get a hearty laugh, and still learn something about punctuation.
Just don’t let the pandas catch you reading it. They’re up to no good.
Next week, I’ll be posting a second bonus episode for March. Stay tuned.
by Lynne Truss
· Paperback: 240 pages
· ISBN-10: 9781592402038
· ISBN-13: 978-1592404889
· Publisher: Avery; Reprint edition (April 11, 2006)
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