Dave Madden (posted a year ago, but news to me):
A couple years ago, I blogged about my beloved Oxford AmericanWriter?s Thesaurus, and how it includes little bits of copy aboutwords and their usage by writers like David Foster Wallace,Francine Prose, Zadie Smith, Simon Winchester, and the composerStephin Merritt (among others). I bought a copy online and keep italways near my desk.
Did you know everyone already has a copy on his or her Mac?
It?s part of the built-in dictionary. Type in a word, click on?Thesaurus? in the little bar above, and you?ll get theword-for-word entry from this book I paid money for.
Better yet, it also has all the ?Word Notes? by these writers.
Madden includes a list of Wallace’s entries, but several of them are hard to find, (all of is at all), and there are several I could not find at all: as, beg, bland, dialogue, dysphesia, fervent, individual, loan, toward, utilize. But the ones that are there are a joy to read.
(Thanks to Jacob Rus.)?