Tuesday, February 19, 2008

of interest to aspiring editors

An article in the New York Times is dedicated a single instance of the use of a semi-colon:

“Please put it in a trash can,” riders are reminded. After which Neil Neches, an erudite writer in the transit agency’s marketing and service information department, inserted a semicolon. The rest of the sentence reads, “that’s good news for everyone.”
I haven't heard this quote from Kurt Vonnegut before, but I really like it:
“When Hemingway killed himself he put a period at the end of his life,” Kurt Vonnegut once said. “Old age is more like a semicolon.”
The article is like the who's who of punctuation. Lynne Truss (author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves), Noam Chomsky and New Yorker staffers all comment. People sure got excited about that semi-colon!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

on candidate appearances in madison

Here's a link to a New York Times video about Chelsea Clinton's campaign appearances:


One thing I found particularly interesting is the reporter's comment on how Chelsea's appearances do not garner much attention except in local news coverage. This seems like a valuable approach for a national candidate to connect to people in local communities.

I was not able to attend Chelsea's appearance in Madison this week, but I hear the crowd was much larger than expected. Does this speak to interest in Hillary as a candidate or a "celebrity" factor? Perhaps people are attending to be a part of a significant event in the community.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

local event on the Daily Cardinal

I thought this event might be of some interest to you:

Time: Sunday, February 24, 2008 2:00 p.m.
Location: A Room of One's Own Feminist Bookstore
Title of Event: The Story of the Daily Cardinal

Allison Hantschel Sanson will read and discuss "It Doesn't End With Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal".
It is the story of great American journalists and journalism told through the prism of the University of Wisconsin's 115 year old student newspaper.

This event is free and open to the public.

Find more info here.

Monday, February 4, 2008

in the spirit of super tuesday...

Obama seems to be coming up with some of the catchiest videos. Then again, maybe I just meet the target market. Has anyone else seen good videos by other candidates? Any favorites?