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Ten Incredible Perfect Moments in the History of Editing

Novels, movies, cartoons, tattoos… everything is better on the second draft. 1. THE CATCH IN CATCH 22: The Edit that became an idiom In 1961, author Joseph Heller finally submitted his manuscript for Catch-18 to his editor, Robert Gottlieb. Although Heller had spent seven years perfecting the story, Gottlieb saw room for improvement. The editor taped the [...]

The Transatlantic Accent

Wouldn’t it be nice to speak English in a manner that was legible, pleasant, and did not peg you as a resident of …anywhere in particular? That is called the Transatlantic accent, which sounds halfway between British and American English. It makes you sound like you have a good education but no one can tell quite [...]