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“you will need to pick an attractive font”

“you will need to pick an attractive font”

An amazing opportunity! If only I were a cover designer . . . Book Cover Designer Needed For Regular Work (Anywhere) Date: 2010-09-13, 9:43AM EDT Reply to: job-u6jz9-1951195804@craigslist.org We are looking for a book cover designer for regular work. Have 10 book covers that will need to get done immediately. Note that we will provide […]

Having drunk the copy Kool-Aid

Having drunk the copy Kool-Aid

I love this article by Lori Fradkin, “What It’s Really Like to Be a Copy Editor” (TheAwl.com, July 21, 2010), though I take issue with her opening example: The word is douche bag. Douche space bag. People will insist that it’s one closed-up word—douchebag—but they are wrong. When you cite the dictionary as proof of […]

Please, Mister Postman

Please, Mister Postman

Oh, I think I need to make a field trip to the 11215 post office . . . Dear Postmaster Potter: I am writing to ask if you would please consider redecorating my local post office. Maybe you have heard of it: 11215. It’s the Park Slope Station in Brooklyn, New York, and I believe […]

The future of publishing is here today!

The future of publishing is here today!

The oddest thing about the newly announced winner of Bookseller magazine’s annual Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year is not its title, The 2009–2014 World Outlook for 60-Milligram Containers of Fromage Frais, but rather that its author, Professor Philip M Parker of the French business school Insead, has produced more than 200,000 […]

Wrong, all wrong!

The didn’t mention anything about how each character of the book is placed on the page using tweezers. Also? That guy at the 2:54 mark is really scary. (Via BoingBoing)

We love Vanessa Davis so much

at my workplace that we asked her to do a monthly column. The first installment was posted today: Vanessa also did a holiday comic for us that I was too frazzled to blog when it went up: Crispy Christmas.

Hitler’s subtitler gets a cheap font CD

One of dozens of Downfall parody videos. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, but if you haven’t been subjected to them yet, you may find this instance amusing. Update, 4/26/2010: Sigh. Well, the video’s been pulled, so in its stead, I give you the EFF‘s own Downfall parody:

Ed Rondthaler

Ed Rondthaler

House Industries is making a film about Ed Rondthaler, founder of Photo-Lettering, Inc., and they’ve posted a short video of him giving a presentation about the nuttiness of English spelling. I saw Mr. Rondthaler do this schtick at TypeCon a few years ago, and somewhere around here I have an entertaining tract that he wrote. […]

Yes, there is such a thing as a stupid question

Yes, there is such a thing as a stupid question

Even though their CD-ROM and its tech support suck, I still love the Chicago Manual of Style Q&A: Q. I’m editing a textbook that references a play. Should it be “Act 3,” “act three,” or “act 3”? A solution to this mystery would be greatly appreciated. I’ve looked at CMOS a hundred times for help […]

a row of commas

Ha, ha, ha, . . .

“This, is an unsettling trend,” columnist William Sa,fire, told reporters. “We’re seeing a collapse of the grammatical rules that have, held, the English language, together for, centuries.” —“Commas, Turning Up, Everywhere,” The Onion Photo: a row of commas by moirabot / Moira Clunie; some rights reserved.