When Worlds Collide

Ever since the Internet started, there have been resisters — lead pencil fanatics, handmade book militants, writers wildly clinging to their IBM Selectrics, all manner of frightened or angry people holding on to what they know and love. I’m happy to see growing evidence of these worlds coming together. I first saw it in the […]

Doctor Who

CBC must have known I wouldn’t catch the new Doctor Who because they’re running it again and this time I got the first one at least. Very a propos to watch this homage to what I did many years ago with my kids, every Saturday night on TVOntario. A propos because earlier today I excavated […]

A Quote I Like

Here’s a quote that I really like: “Your time is limited, so don

Final Conference Day

My Sunday sessions at the EAC conference started with David Friend of Thomson Nelson tackling the question of prescriptive versus descriptive approaches to dictionary making. What sounds like a pretty dry session was quite the contrary — interesting and thought-provoking. That’s what you like to find at a conference, some challenge to ideas you thought […]

Hot Time in the City

Toronto continued to sizzle today but we kept cool for the most part for the day’s EAC conference sessions. The highlight without question was Margaret Mahan’s delightfully witty keynote on the Chicago Manual of Style. As the main editor of the 15th edition, she had lots of inside secrets to share — who knew there […]

Steam Rising

The EAC conference got off to a sweaty start this evening with a reception in one of the older buildings of Victoria College. Lots of architectural ambience but no air conditioning. Still, nobody hesitated to add to the hot air; the buzz of conversation was continuous, punctuated occasionally with raucous laughter. I was told that […]

The Deafening Silence Ends

I hope to contrast the deafening silence here with several posts in the next few days from the Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC) conference, beginning tomorrow evening. I asked if there was wireless access from the venue, Victoria College at University of Toronto, and was assured that it was available, but later discovered I actually […]