Rebecca Boyle | Atlas Obscura | 11th October 2023
Lyrical guide to appreciating the forthcoming annular solar eclipse, visible in parts of the Americas this coming Saturday. "One lovely place to be during a partial solar eclipse is underneath a tree, if you can find an evergreen or a deciduous tree that has not dropped its leaves yet. Look at the ground. In the dappled light, you will see crescents everywhere: the crescent Sun" (1,100 words)
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Florence Hazrat | Millions | 11th October 2023
Ernest Hemingway liked exclamation marks to signal anticlimax. Salman Rushdie couldn't have too many: Midnight's Children averages six per page. Jane Austen's frequent use of the exclamation point, especially in moments of female emotional intensity, was apparently toned down by her editors. This piece of punctuation, the "inky semaphore of the sentence", deserves to be used! (1,600 words)