Monday, August 13, 2007

A small correction

I have a short piece about Harry Potter up on the New York Times site, and it has a small but glaring (to me, anyway) mistake. The passage that reads

Nonreaders found in Rowling a benignly authoritarian guide: she told you what to look at and how to feel about what you saw. Those already accustomed to the pleasures of action learned early on to skip the adverbs, rejoicing instead in the wholly imagined world.

should read

Nonreaders found in Rowling a benignly authoritarian guide: she told you what to look at and how to feel about what you saw. Those already accustomed to the pleasures of fiction learned early on to skip the adverbs, rejoicing instead in the wholly imagined world.


The Times editor is on vacation so I don't think it will be fixed there anytime soon, and I hate sounding even more clueless than I am. At least I don't sound as churlishly brain-dead as Orson Scott Card does on the same page; there's a comfort.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Roger,

I already read your comment on the NYT roundtable, and read "fiction" for "action" without even noticing. IANAE (I am not an editor).

I was impressed by your ability to say something to the point without drawing fire.

But I think your comment about Card points to a problem with your "we are much to nice" comments earlier on this blog. As soon as someone steps away from "nice" you call him churlish.

I think that this why we are all much too nice here in blogger land. None of us wants to look churlish. Is there any way to be neither? I'm on the fence, frankly, about which I prefer. Churlish is more amusing, but devolves so quickly to something worthless.

`h

bljhpzrh said...

I think it's hilarious that Hank Green has suddenly become a go-to big-mouth on the subject of Harry Potter. Go Nerdfighters!

Roger Sutton said...

What I think is churlish is his point that the People Have Spoken and any Harry naysayers can just go neener-neener-neener.

Anonymous said...

And I agree with you. I'd also go so far as to say that anyone who thinks Harry Potter gained its popularity on the basis of merit is a chump. That makes ME churlish and yes, it is fun over here on the dark side.

`h

JeanneB said...

Roger, it could have been much worse. Friction, for example.

a. fortis said...

Now, that was an interesting array of opinions on the Harry Potter phenomenon--thanks for the link. I thought that you and Lois Lowry were especially even-handed and tactful.

I say this as a reader who did enjoy the series for its adventure and imagination--and as a writer who was able to acknowledge its flaws...

rindawriter said...

Very nice to see that the New York Times is as imperfect as the rest of us......

rindawriter said...

...but I truly think that people are going to "read" the right word in there anyway and listen to what you said since what you said was compelling.

Everyone who reads something like the Times anyway knows no one can get anything in the New York Times without editors putting it into actual print...and the same readres are going to be intelligent enough to know that editors can goof once in a trillion years or so...and, especially, to know that the errors in print in a newspaper are NEVER the author's fault.

A bit high-handed newspapers anyway with the editing process...oops not enough space, snip, snip, snip.....

Saipan Writer said...

I think your analysis on HP was interesting.

You and Orson Scott Card have at least one thing in common in your NYT blurbs--you've both got typos.

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