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Book review: Book of Mormon 'Biography' takes scholar's view

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  • KinCO Fort Collins, CO
    June 24, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    Isn't there any editing at the Deseret News? "There is a bunch of interesting tidbits"?? That sentence would get a big red mark in 6th grade; it should not make it into an essay published by a newspaper. It is hard to take a review seriously if the author hasn't mastered basic grammar.

  • Kent Larsen New York, New York
    June 24, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    I haven't read this book yet, but from the description on Princeton University Press' website and other reviews, it really seems like Morgenegg has completely missed what this book is about?

    As I understand it, the point behind a "biography" of a book is to look at the influence that it has had during its "life." Wouldn't you want to say as much in your review?

  • Perfectionist Huntington Beach, CA
    June 24, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    @KinCO - With respect to your criticism of the phrase "there is a bunch of interesting tidbits": For the record, the usage of "is" is in fact correct because the collective noun "bunch" is singular ("there is a bunch" as opposed to "there are bunches"). In modern usage, either verb form ("is" or "are") is considered acceptable. Your conclusion that the reviewer has not mastered basic grammar is unsupported.