Friday, March 28, 2014

My review of "Veronica Mars"

It was definitely for the fans, and I am one, so I quite enjoyed it. And at least part of the ending made me really happy (the other part I could take or leave). However, three pieces marred me from loving it:

1) Were they trying to compete with The Wolf of Wall Street's F-bomb record by including as many B-words as possible? (Yes, I said "B-word." I am a feminist with strong feelings about the mainstreaming of anti-female putdowns.) I get that it harkens back to the series and how people reacted to Veronica as a strong woman, but at a certain point it felt gratuitous and like it was for cheap laughs. (The one great instance of non-cheap humor using it? Veronica's faux-hurt response to Gia and Cobb's conversation: "It's called curiosity!")

2) The inclusion of "TMZ" in any capacity immediately sleazes up everything it touches. Ten thumbs down.

3) James Franco. Blech, I am so over him. He was doing yet another stupid cameo as "himself," and that totally took away from the film's originality and indie cred.

That is all.
- L'Editrice

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Happy birthday, Ms. Steinem!

On Tuesday one of my heroes, Gloria Steinem, turned 80. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom last November, and her speech on that occasion perfectly expresses all that is important about feminism.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Two things I learned from last night's Oscars

1) Joseph Gorden-Levitt and Emma Watson would make the cutest couple ever. (I learned this along with everyone else in the world, apparently.)

2) After Lupita Nyong'o, Constance Leto was the most beautiful woman there.

- L'Editrice

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Houston-Downton connection

While I have yet to see the finale of this season (so no spoilers, please!), I'm proud of our homegrown "Downton Abbey" after-show making the NYT. Next season I've got to go watch this in person.

- L'Editrice

An editor's nerdy correspondence with friends

Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 13:28:40 -0600
Subject: periods
To: L'Editrice

Dearest Sarah,

It appears that both A and I have been shocked to hear recently that we should NOT use two spaces between sentences when typing. I remember getting an inkling of this hidden knowledge when you edited my website blurb a few months back, but it all came to the forefront when I read a scathing article in the Huffington Post about the flagrant misuse of spaces between sentences. A was apparently in a heated debate about this at work (maybe not heated, but I'm taking some liberties paraphrasing). Can you impart your knowledge?

If it is true, I do not know how I will un-train my thumb to use only one space. And when others see my emails at work, they will think *I* am the ignorant. This will pose quite a dilemma.


Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 14:22:00 -0600
Subject: periods
From: L'Editrice

Dearest friends,

It is indeed true. I learned it in my first week at HarperCollins. The previous convention comes from using a typewriter, when you would do two spaces to clearly separate between sentences. Now that we all use word processors (such an old-school-sounding word, too--hee) the programs automatically add a little more space after a period, so typing two spaces between sentences is no longer needed.

Let others think you are ignorant (if they even notice)--you can be smug in knowing you have it right. (Also, I'm sure everyone else is making far more flagrant mistakes.)

Your editor friend

Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 14:55:24 -0600
Subject: periods
To: L'Editrice

Wow. It's official then. I will have to adapt. OMG, it's so hard to stop. Thank you :-)