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Category Archives: I Usta be an Editor Y’Know

A TYPEFACE GETTING NO RESPECT

THE POINT OF putting a thought into print is to preserve and share it. The choice of typography (this word from the Greek: loosely “an impression pictured”) is a complex … Continue reading

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

THE ATLANTIC REDUX PART 2

YESTERDAY HERE at SimanaitisSays, Daniel Patrick Moynihan was quoted saying, “You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.” Today in Part 2, … Continue reading

October 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

THE ATLANTIC REDUX PART 1

I’M IN A postpositive mood today. My topic and the word “redux” in the title are, according to Merriam-Webster, “placed after or at the end of another word.” In particular, … Continue reading

October 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

FROM TABLET TO SCROLL TO CODEX TO BOOK

WE THINK OF books as being on particular topics. Even anthologies have a common theme: mysteries, short stories, and the like. But it wasn’t always that way. Here are tidbits … Continue reading

October 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

DICTIONARIES—DULL, DRY, AND MUSTY?

SAMUEL JOHNSON’s A DICTIONARY of the English Language, 1755, is anything but dull. Nor is Ambrose Bierce’s A Devil’s Dictionary, 1911, at all dry and musty. The tradition is maintained … Continue reading

September 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

☞ HURRAH FOR THE MANICULE! ☜

PERHAPS I GOT your attention today thanks to a pair of manicules bracketing the headline above. I hadn’t known their typographic name until reading about it in Keith Houston’s Shady … Continue reading

September 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

HENGWRT PINKHURST TIDBITS PART 2

THE HENGWRT CHAUCER is the oldest known manuscript of The Canterbury Tales. Yesterday here at SimanaitisSays, I shared several tidbits of Christopher De Hamel’s encounter with the Hengwrt at the … Continue reading

September 14, 2019 · Leave a comment