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author of the New York Times/IndieBound bestseller Dreyer’s English and Stet! (the game!) • copy editor • he/him/his #CopyeditingProTip
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May 15 4 tweets 1 min read
A great modern-sound entirely-post–R&H score without a whiff of Sondheim to it, and I get why it couldn't ever have been brought over to the US, but that's a shame (for me).

and this absolute g.d. masterpiece too, as long as we're here

May 14 5 tweets 1 min read
Let’s hear it for the mountain fastnesses of Transylvania. I had never heard of a mountain fastness till A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
May 13 4 tweets 1 min read
I had the pleasure of seeing Angela Lansbury and birthday girl Bea Arthur perform "Bosom Buddies" at a London concert in 1990, and Bea's delivery of "If I kept my hair natural like yours, I'd be bald" was so minimal, so barely uttered, it was virtually homeopathic. Image And it brought down the house.
May 8 4 tweets 1 min read
oh my GAWD

goodreads.com/author/quotes/… Apparently I wrote The Haunting of Hill House, or at least its first paragraph.
May 7 4 tweets 1 min read
"Choice is the whole point." —Judith Jones, episode 8, #JuliaOnMax plus a Sondheim joke
May 7 4 tweets 1 min read
really pissed at the 🐝 for not accepting catamite I didn't know till just now that it's simply the Latin for Ganymede. Live and learn.
May 6 7 tweets 2 min read
origin story Image Yes, absolutely no English speaker on earth has ever used a singular verb with "rugelach," thanks for joining in, however utterly irrelevantly.
Apr 26 4 tweets 1 min read
Why didn't William Wyler think of that?

Funny Girl I
Funny Girl II: Funnier Girl The Sound of Music is 174 (interminable, if you ask me, not that anyone did) minutes long.

I'm pretty sure you can get a couple of witches' hashes settled in under three hours.
Apr 25 4 tweets 1 min read
I thought I was perhaps mistaken, or going a wee bit bonkers, but now that I've tweet-searched "losing followers"...

I thought I'd lost a couple of hundred followers since this morning, and that's because I have. And another hundred.
Apr 25 8 tweets 1 min read
Oh, this is guaranteed to piss (some) people off. Pretty sure my dear friends at Chicago Manual are wrong—um, disagree, that is—about this point, but that's how the crumbling goes, cookiewise.
Apr 24 4 tweets 1 min read
I had to google this to be sure it wasn’t a parody.

Of course, it is, but in a different way. “a cigarette brand that is no more”

🤭
Apr 24 4 tweets 1 min read
It'd be interesting (to me) to read a learned analysis of the construction/patterning of Broadway overtures. Gypsy's seems to be a classic model. fanfare
up-tempo number
meandering transition
ballad
a bit more fanfare mixed with more meandering transition
another ballad
raucous bit #1
raucous bit #2
fanfare finale
Apr 23 5 tweets 1 min read
I promised myself, @DanielGoldfarb3 and @BebeNeuwirth, that I wouldn't binge the series, but if I don't watch episode 3 right away, how will I know if Julia's TV show is a success or not? How? OK, that's enough for now.

Also, I should like to cut off James Cromwell's head with a meat-axe.
Apr 22 4 tweets 2 min read
OK, at long last I'm watching Julia (the Child series, not Lillian's made-up memories, that is), and twenty minutes in I'm quite confident that it's the greatest thing I've ever seen in the history of my seeing things. I absolutely do not want to binge this. One episode tonight was quite enough sublime pleasure.

Confidential to @BebeNeuwirth: Oh my gosh, you rock.
Apr 22 4 tweets 1 min read
I wouldn't call Marjorie Taylor Greene a pathological liar.

She lies with complete consciousness that she's lying and for reasons she clearly understands.

She's not pathological, she's self-serving and evil. She’s not a pathological liar.

She’s a goddamn liar.

There’s a difference.

Oh, and since a lot of you know how I feel about snitch tagging, I simply add:

@RepMTG

Knock yourselves out.
Apr 22 12 tweets 2 min read
#CopyeditingProTip

In quoting someone else's writing, there's no reason to introduce ellipses at either the beginning or the end of the quoted matter.

In the middle, to signify deletion, absolutely. But not at the start or the finish. Also, to make the quoted matter contextual with your writing, you may change an opening capital letter to a lowercase one, or vicey versey, without resorting to brackets,* but you knew that.
Apr 21 11 tweets 3 min read
Oh, I just loved, loved, loved him.

Goodbye to Robert Morse. just the cutest
Apr 21 5 tweets 2 min read
Imagine watching a film so riveting you barely move for two hours, not even to tweet about it. Also, people should stop ragging on Valerie Hobson just because she's not Jean Simmons. She's really good.

And I just realized, on the umpteenth viewing, that that's her playing Estella's mother too.
Apr 20 5 tweets 1 min read
I mean, it’s one farmer, Michael. What could it cost, ten dollars? Image See also "writers room," which I feel comes up a lot.

I suppose we preserve "ladies' room" and "men's room" mostly out of a sense of tradition (and because "men room" is untenable), but presumably both are going the way of "his or her."
Apr 20 4 tweets 1 min read
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Current streak: 1 [24 hours ago:]

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Dec 23, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
FRETFUL DOES NOT RHYME WITH DREADFUL, FOR THE LOVE OF GODDARD LIEBERSON Sorry. This weighs on me.