or, stuff that I dragged out of my head

Location: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Beloved Canadian mezzo Maureen Forrester has died of complications from Alzheimer's, a sad and miserable way to go--worse even for her kids than for her, I think--and her obituary in The Toronto Star shows every sign of having been hastily written and never copy-edited, containing as it does a repeated paragraph of three sentences (always the sign of cut-and-paste rewriting, easily missed by the writer, who's too close to the material), a missing word ("as") in the second paragraph, and a singular where a plural was intended ("She’d have children and three day later she’d be on stage"), all undetectable to a spellchecker but immediately evident to an editor.

She deserved better.


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