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Any good editor will tell you she’d be lost without her well-thumbed, heavily flagged, and coffee-stained copy of The Chicago of Manual of Style. But just what is this mysterious tome? And why is it so critical to the work we do?
This seminar will introduce you to the joys and sorrows of the book that most people simply call Chicago. We’ll start with a brief history of its publication, exploring how it grew from what was essentially a guide for compositors into the most trusted and widely used editorial style manual in North America. But the fun won’t stop there! We’ll also look at what it covers, how to use it, what has changed between the most recent edition and the previous one, and much, much more.
This course is highly recommended for anyone just starting to work as an editor or hoping to become one. (more…)
Interview conducted by Jennifer D. Foster
Have you ever wondered what fellow editors like to read? We have, too. In our interview series “By the Book,” we get the inside scoop on editors’ all-time favourite books, their top style guides, and what their alternate-universe careers would be.
Tell us about your current job, Joe, plus a little-known quirky fact about you.
I currently work in-house as a senior editor for Carswell. I edit, typeset, and also research material for loose-leafs and books on a variety of legal topics.
A quirky fact? Umm…I don’t put much stock in it, but I’ve been told I have a photographic, or eidetic, memory. It’s either that or my reading habits, below.
What is your all-time favourite book and why?
As other interviewees have mentioned, this is an impossible question to answer. My reading usually follows its own path. That is, I’ll read something that alludes to, or is influenced by, another work, and I’ll then seek those works out. Recently, I read Zadie Smith’s NW. That led me to reread David Foster Wallace and Nietzsche. Then, after the disappointing finale of HBO’s True Detective and having read Nietzsche, I read Thomas Ligotti’s The Conspiracy Against the Human Race and reread Ovid’s Metamorphoses. I’ll pick up almost anything to satisfy curiosity or to quench the need for understanding. (more…)