Friday, March 07, 2008

The blank slate is in my head

Ed Kemmick points out, quite correctly, the eloquence of a passage in this Roger Clawson column. But to me, Ed's post read less like a tribute to good writing than as a reminder of the mind-numbing job of newspaper editing.

I edited that Clawson column about 12 hours into an 18-hour shift on Tuesday. If you had asked me on Wednesday afternoon about that passage, I would have remembered exactly one thing: In the original, both "tabula" and "rasa" were misspelled, a rare twofer in the Misspelling, Foreign Words category.

After Ed wrote about it, I could see that it was, indeed, a masterful bit of prose. And it reads even better with the words spelled right.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is a very good piece of prose. It's not the first time I have seen Clawson write so well.