ByBenjamin Dreyer

Benjamin Dreyer is the executive managing editor and copy chief of the Random House division of Penguin Random House. He is as well the author in progress of English: Some Notes on Clarity, Correctness, and Style. He lives in Manhattan and tweets as @BCDreyer.

  1. When it comes to literary daydreaming, I’m not one for those imaginary dinner parties, with artisanally curated assemblages of Great Authors of All Time swapping deft bon mots between courses. Mostly, I’m sure, I’d end up worrying about Emily Dickinson’s food allergies and regretting having brought Nathanael West and Jacqueline Susann into the same room (hey, you choose your Great Authors, I’ll choose mine). Also, I don’t have a lot of chairs. I’m a copy…