Friday, August 1, 2008

While We're On the Subject of Writing

This was sent to me by my beloved friend and administrator, Phillip. It's perfect for so many reasons.

Giles Coren, to his editors at The Times (London) for removing the word “a” from the closing sentence of his review

Times subeditors reply
to Giles Coren

10 comments:

Randal Graves said...

Agreed on the blind linkage, but one can also utilize a word or a phrase that would make a good summary/keyword of the stuff AT the link without describing it. That's what I try to do now and then. Seems more literary.

I'll spend 10 minutes on a single sentence out of hundreds to get it right, so I completely sympathize with what happened to Coren.

Dr. Zaius said...

Jeepers! This author is a bit touchy, I must say. I would hate to be his waiter. Imagine him ranting about his toast not being the right shade of brown! Not to mention the viscosity of his eggs.

This is hilarious, Utah Savage!

Utah Savage said...

I can't claim credit. It's Phillip's doing. But I must say, he knows me well.

D.K. Raed said...

oooh, Giles has a way with da woids. Decades ago, back in the days of real print, printers required the customer to sign off on the proof before printing. They learned the hard way that customers tend not to pay for printer's errors. Editors need to do the same. Send the writer a proof beforehand. It's a simple request! Now if he starts asking that all their editorial changes be highlighted to make it easy for him to spot them, well ....

Utah Savage said...

Nicely done. You're so slick, so quick. Thank you. And I'm screaming quietly at my old sub editor. Moi. That Moi is such a sloppy cunt.

Randal Graves said...

dr. zaius, writers are touchy. Now where's my goddamn soup?

E said...

I'm with Giles. His letter effing rocks. Awesome!

ps-how are you doing, Utah?

Utah Savage said...

Trying to be my own sub editor. It's hell. I miss you E, so glad you stopped by. I was thinking about you today. So glad you're out and about. I'll be by soon. Giles rocks.

thepoetryman said...

Ha! The man knows how to lay down a smack!

Off to read the reply from the "editors"...

thepoetryman said...

We'd hate that to happen to you, because you can actually write, and having "Giles Coren is a sanctimonious little twat who needs to get over himself" could be quite costly in T-shirt lettering...?

Hooooo Agggghhhh! This is certainly good comic relief! Methinks this is a planned setup and is meant as a humorous take on the relationship between editor and writer... well done, Coren or to whomever the credit is due!