Sunday, June 29, 2008

Writers' Rooms

A roundup in the The Guardian about how other writers' offices look.

Friday, June 27, 2008


From the "How'd They Miss That One?" Department:
WASHINGTON (AFP) -- OMG! What is that on my car's license plate?

That's the question asked by 10,000 drivers who registered their vehicles in North Carolina last year and got registrations starting with "WTF."

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Good Riddanc, Copy Editors!


Check out this funny article by the Washington Post's Gene Weingarten on why copy editors are important.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Bookstore to Take Your Breath Away

Greetings from Argentina, where I recently had the great pleasure of exploring one of the world's most breathtaking bookstores, El Ateneo, in Buenos Aires. Opened in 1919 as a grand theater for live performances, it later became a movie theater, and in 2000, was converted into a bookstore. As you can see, the stage has been converted into a cafe, and if you find a book you'd like to browse through, you can make yourself at home reading in one of the theater boxes on either side.Imagine shopping for your next bedside-table book or new dictionary in a place like this.

For the record, I bought a book of Shakespeare sonnets in Spanish and English, and a book of love letters between famous folks in Spanish.

Photo by Rodrigo Junqueira

Monday, June 02, 2008

When Spellcheckers Attack


Spell-check run amok changes names in Pa. yearbook

AP--A computer spell-checker run amok christened several Pennsylvania high school students with new — and in some cases unflattering — last names.

Middletown Area High School's yearbook listed Max Zupanovic as "Max Supernova," Kathy Carbaugh as "Kathy Airbag" and Alessandra Ippolito as "Alexandria Impolite," just to name a few.

"It was kind of funny, but kind of rude at the same time," Ippolito said.