Hall of Fame Typos

The Guardian has a cute piece on typos great and small, bane of an author’s existence, but boon to a rare book dealer’s.

Reporter Danuta Kean provides this on a Theodore Dreiser sentence from An American Tragedy


“One of the best literary malapropisms in print appears in Theodore Dreiser’s 1925 classic An American Tragedy. In a passage of which Bad Sex award-winner Morrissey would be proud, two characters dance “harmoniously abandoning themselves to the rhythm of the music – like two small chips being tossed about on a rough but friendly sea”. Dreiser omits whether those chips were served with curry sauce.”

(Of Dreiser, an author many love to hate, I think H.L. Mencken had it right, ‘Dreiser possessed no talent, only genius.’ Their lifelong friendship and sparring would make a good play.)

Franzen, Joyce, and Henry Miller and Cormac McCarthy all get their due as well.


When LinkedIn is hitting on you

Like most of the known universe, I am, however reluctantly, on LinkedIn. Today, following a contact request I was greeted with this.

For the innocents among you, Grindr is a gay social networking app. I have never heard it referred to as anything but a hookup app when described by gay men, but they perhaps find that a bit limiting. That they would want a former Congressional researcher, news librarian, and manager of an information service on opera is unlikely.

Still, I followed the link to their page and found this video.

I will refrain from additional comment about the combination of Grindr, hackathon, and security engineers who appear to be wearing unicorn pajamas.






P.S. Best use I have heard for Grindr: a guy in NYC who uses it to find bathrooms in the city when he needs a bathroom break, and no public facility is near by.  Uber for when you need to pee!

“If you can draw this you can be a famous columnist”

Matt Taibbi has some fun (justified in my view) at the expense of Thomas Friedman’s last tome.


See, if the first line represents change, and the second line represents our ability to adapt to change, all we need to do to bring ourselves up to speed is move the first line up a little. Problem solved!

As numerous people on social media have commented, the second graph seems to suggest that the solution to “enhancing humanity’s adaptability” involves time travel. But that’s nitpicking. These two hilarious diagrams are pure Friedman, and a challenge to fans of the genre. Can you make a more meaningless graph?

T-shirts for the winners. It’s a fine genre…reminds me of a cute book, “F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers.” Cover illustration is not to shabby in the meaningless/misleading graphic category.