By Richard Mitchell
Twenty-odd years in the past, Richard Mitchell, a professor at New Jersey’s Glassboro nation collage, set out on a quixotic pursuit: the rescue of the English language and the minds of these hooked up to the realm by means of it. wearing cape and masks as “The Underground Grammarian,” Mitchell sallied forth upon his e-newsletter opposed to the nonsense being spoken, written, and, certainly, inspired through the academic institution. (“One factor ended in another,” as he tells it, “a entrance web page piece in The Wall highway Journal, a proÞle in Time, and different such. prior to it used to be over, The Underground Grammarian got here to be, on the earth of computing device printing, the Þrst ebook to have subscribers on each continent other than Antarctica.”) What begun as a brilliant catalog of lack of expertise and inanity within the written paintings educators and their hapless scholars quickly grew to become an company of such a lot noble second: an research, through mordant wit and Þerce intelligence, of “what we'd usefully choose to suggest through ‘education.’” the result of Mitchell’s inquiries are as stimulating at the present time as they have been whilst Þrst articulated. His venture continues to be a telling explication of the way, via writing, we find notion and make wisdom. it really is definitely the main drolly enjoyable.