Wednesday, October 8, 2008
My people! Let's go. Represent.
See the dude to the left? The same blood runs in our veins. His name's Lazar Moiseyevich Kaganovich. Trust me, you wouldn't want to have messed with him. As Yogi Berra is reported to have said, "You could look it up."
I'm a lot nicer. Hell, someone posing behind the name "The Troll" posted on a friend's blog tonight (bitetheapple64.blogspot.com) that I am a homosexual Jimmy Stewart. (His post has since been deleted.) What in god's name that was supposed to mean, I have no idea. I guess my wife might have something to say about it. Or my two kids. I think he didn't like my politics, and it had something to do with a "What Leading Man Are You?" quiz.
But anyway, this is supposed to be a blog about the world of editing. So how am I going to tie this randomness together? Yale University Press, one of my clients, has been running a series of books on twentieth-century Russian history, mining recently released archives. One of the books is the no-doubt bestselling Kaganovich-Stalin correspondence of 1931-37 (I think I've got the dates right). Comrade Stalin apparently used to give Cousin Lazar a hard time about his inability to grasp certain points of grammar. Maybe my brother and I got our proofreading chops from the Leibowitz side of the family.
And one more thing on Stalin -- an update on his famous quote: The Internet tolerates anything written on it (for reference, see "a homosexual Jimmy Stewart").