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Leslie Savan
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Leslie Savan wrote a column about advertising and commercial culture for The Village Voice for thirteen years. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 1991, 1992, and 1997. In 1996 she was named one of "The Top Ten Media Heroes" by the Institute for Alternative Journalism. She has been a commentator for Fresh Air and has appeared on the ABC and CBS national newscasts, NPR, and The O'Reilly Factor. She has written for The New York Times, Time, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Mademoiselle, and Salon, among other publications. Her essays have been reprinted in numerous textbooks and... Read More

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Slam Dunks and No-Brainers
Language in Your Life, the Media, Business, Politics, and, Like, Whatever
Written by Leslie Savan


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $11.99

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Slam Dunks and No-Brainers
Pop Language in Your Life, the Media, and Like . . . Whatever
Written by Leslie Savan


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $14.00

A marvelously original and informative book about the ever-changing American language that offers surprising insights into why we talk the way we talk.

With dazzling wit and acuity, three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Leslie Savan dissects contemporary language to discover what our most popular idioms reveal about America today. She traces the... Read more >
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