Who Needs Whom?

This Weekender magazine cover created by the folks at my favourite fake-news site, The Onion.com is a great example of visual irony because it inverts the reader’s normal expectations. What, precisely, is important here? Surely it must be John and Jennifer. But no. In this case (or in every case, depending on your point of view regarding the popular culture),… Continue reading

Possum’s Practical Editing

Small marsupials don’t appear at first glance to have much to do with editing, but there is a connection. Possumness (to coin a noun) suits this category for both personal and metaphorical reasons. The Possum of Eliot’s  Old Possum’s Practical Cats is old, and I too am old — or at least old enough to have encountered most of the language… Continue reading