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Category Archives: I Usta be an Editor Y’Know

THE BEST OF…

GEE, THIS BOOK SORTING in the garage is fun. I pulled out The BEST of Everything, 1980, to see how hopelessly outdated its choices were.  However, I was now missing … Continue reading

January 22, 2022 · 4 Comments

WHY EVER DID I SAVE THIS?

I HAVE BEGUN DECLUTTERING the garage. No mean feat, this, what with 33+ years of R&T memorabilia and even more years of other stuff, plus 150 boxes of books accumulated … Continue reading

January 14, 2022 · 9 Comments

FLAUBERT FLÂNEURING WITH BARNES

A FLÂNEUR, THE FRENCH describe, is a stroller, an idler, an observer of life. Gustave Flaubert was a French novelist, for whom we celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth. … Continue reading

January 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

EDITOR, LETTERS TO THE

THIS ALL STARTED with the London Review of Books, September 23, 2021. It contained Anthony Grafton’s “Fake It Till You Make It,” a review of Dennis Duncan’s aptly named Index, … Continue reading

December 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

BARNSTORMING—THOUGH NOT IN THE AIR

BARNSTORMING MAY EVOKE images of wing-walking and other aerial hijinks. Actually, though, I learned that the term “barnstorming” predates the aeroplane by decades. Here are tidbits of barnstorming, summer stock, … Continue reading

December 13, 2021 · 1 Comment

AUDITORY FAUX PAS

THE INTERESTINGFACTS.COM, December 6, 2021, describes a linguistic term new to me: “A mondegreen,” says the website, “occurs when there’s a communication hiccup between the syllables you hear and the … Continue reading

December 8, 2021 · 5 Comments

RINOIMBY?

RECENTLY I READ the other meaning for “WEIRD,” namely describing us as “Western Educated Industrialized Rich Democratic.” I do not apologize for this designation; we earned it fair and square. … Continue reading

December 2, 2021 · 6 Comments

DOROTHY CLENDENIN, July 28, 1941–September 21, 2021

DOROTHY CLENDENIN, KNOWN HERE at SimanaitisSays as Editress/Wife Dottie, died peacefully on September 21, 2021, with family at her side at Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, California She had suffered for … Continue reading

November 23, 2021 · 24 Comments

VICTORIAN SLANG

MY INSPIRATION FOR THIS is “Victorian Slang That Will Make You Scratch Your Fly Rink,” at the Word Genius website, October 11, 2021. I followed up with appropriately traditional sources,The … Continue reading

November 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING CURIOSITY

FUTURIST R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER expressed his innate curiosity when he said, “Dare to be naïve.” The Inspiring Quotes website amplifies on this with another quote from Fuller; this one in … Continue reading

November 16, 2021 · 3 Comments