Benjamin Dreyer is an American writer and copy editor. He is copy chief at Random House, having copy-edited the books of authors including E. L. Doctorow, David Ebershoff, Frank Rich, and Elizabeth Strout. He is also an accomplished writer himself.
On this episode of Stay Tuned, "The Laws of Language," host Preet Bharara answers your questions about:-- His concerns about casual use of the term "treason"-- Mueller's statement that indicting a sitting president is "unconstitutional" -- Election of judges-- Donald Trump Jr.'s erroneous tweet about PreetBenjamin Dreyer, copy chief of Random House and author of the New York Times best seller Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style, joins Preet for a wide-ranging conversation about language, writing, and why good writing is a form of morality.  Bonus clips from the interview are available for members of the CAFE Insider community Sign up to receive free references and supplemental materials for Stay Tuned episodes, a weekly newsletter, and updates from Preet. Tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
Benjamin Dreyer is vice president, executive managing editor and copy chief, of Random House. He began his publishing career as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. In 1993, he became a production editor at Random House, overseeing books by writers including Michael Chabon, Edmund Morris, Suzan-Lori Parks, Michael Pollan, Peter Straub and Calvin Trillin. He has copyedited books by authors including E. L. Doctorow, David Ebershoff, Frank Rich and Elizabeth Strout, as well as Let Me Tell You, a volume of previously uncollected work by Shirley Jackson. A graduate of Northwestern University, he lives in New York City. I spoke with him by phone, and please bear with the sound of a cellphone.
Benjamin Dreyer is vice president, executive managing editor and copy chief, of Random House. He began his publishing career as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. In 1993, he became a production editor at Random House, overseeing books by writers including Michael Chabon, Edmund Morris, Suzan-Lori Parks, Michael Pollan, Peter Straub, and Calvin Trillin. He has copyedited books by authors including E. L. Doctorow, David Ebershoff, Frank Rich, and Elizabeth Strout, as well as Let Me Tell You, a volume of previously uncollected work by Shirley Jackson. A graduate of Northwestern University, he lives in New York City.
Dreyer is the copy chief for Random House. He talks with Terry Gross about collaborating with authors, passive voice, and gender neutral pronouns. His new book is 'Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style.' But, he says, "the last thing that I want to do is pass myself off as some sort of ferocious gatekeeper." Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft talks about what her mother went through while making the 1954 film 'A Star is Born.' The movie was produced by Sid Luft, who was Lorna's father and Garland's husband at the time. Luft spoke with guest interviewer Sonari Glinton.
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Creator Details

Birthdate
May 11th, 1958
Location
New York, NY, USA
Episode Count
4
Podcast Count
4
Total Airtime
2 hours, 25 minutes
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 645494