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Category Archives: I Usta be an Editor Y’Know

MANGA TIDBITS PART 1

THE JAPANESE WORD マンガ, manga means “pictures running riot,” a good description of this genre of pictorial storytelling. Or as comics authority Paul Gravett terms it, “more than telling a … Continue reading

December 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

CHAUCER TIDBITS

A NEW 624-PAGE biography of Geoffrey Chaucer aroused my interest. Not quite enough, I admit, to read all 624 pages yet, but sufficient to enjoy reading a review of this … Continue reading

November 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

RACKETEERING ETYMOLOGIES

THE NEWS CONCERNING Trump, Giuliani, omertà, getting thrown under the bus, and other mob-speak got me wondering how the nice French sports racquet evolved into something as sordid as racketeering. … Continue reading

November 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

UPDATING ALICE

MARTIN GARDNER’S Annotated Alice, 1960, was the first in my collection of annotated classics. Indeed, Gardner’s was the first in the series, many of which I have. Wife Dottie recently … Continue reading

November 22, 2019 · 1 Comment

BRUNI ON TRUMP’S ENGLISH

FRANK BRUNI composes the best lines in today’s journalism. In The New York Times, October 26, 2019, he titles his analysis “ ‘Human Scum,’ ‘Lynching,’ and Trump’s Tortured English.” Bruni’s … Continue reading

November 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

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