Saturday, February 17, 2001

Is All Publicity Good Publicity?

This might not be truly ironic in the eyes of a constipated purist, but I'm pretty sure Alanis Morissette would let me get away with that term. My book, which decries bad writing and editing, received a good review in the Feb. 12 issue of the Weekly Standard. Tracy Lee Simmons, director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College, called it "thoroughly delightful" in a review in which he also praised Barbara Wallraff's "Word Court." But you might not get a positive impression of the two books if you merely look at the headline. "Writing Right: A pair of recent books get it wrong," it reads. The reviewer and the magazine's managing editor have apologized for that very odd misstep. Damn copy editors! Isn't it ironic? Don't ya think?

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