It's been a while since I put together a news post — I'm kind of ashamed! And although this week lacked an outburst by V.S. Naipaul on the inferior writing skills of women, there's plenty of good reading about reading out there.
*Merriam-Webster just announced the addition of more than 150 words and definitions to its dictionary. So, now you can fist bump with the helicopter parent next door about your blossoming bromance with a parkour-loving, Americana-worshiping boomerang child and know the best way to style all these words while recounting your day in your diary.
*Maybe you can put some of your brand-spanking-new vocab to use in Esquire's Short Short Fiction Contest. If you can string together a stirring 78-word tale along the lines of, say, "For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn," then you could win a trip to New York for a fiction workshop taught by Colum McCann. You have until October 7 to scribble away.
*Did you know that Babar was first released 80 years ago? Or that The Phantom Tollbooth and James and the Giant Peach will celebrate their golden anniversaries this year, with A Wrinkle in Time reaching the half-century mark next year? Despite the current turmoil in publishing, these and other classic kids' books are still finding readers and shaping childhoods.
*Crazy: Keith Richards is still alive, despite a drug habit that has become the stuff of legend. Crazier: Keith Richards remembered enough of his drug-addled years to write a memoir. Craziest: Keith Richards has sold more than one million copies of this book.
*As a copy editor, I've often wondered how to properly convey the more colorful edits that crop up in the writing I work on. For instance, what's the editing symbol for "needs more bow-chicka-bow-wow" or "insert under short leg of table"? Luckily, Brian A. Klems has come to my rescue with his hilarious list of lesser-known editing symbols.