May 29, 2004

A Tidbit to Tide You Over

Posted by Ed

I haven't had a lot of time to blog lately, I'm afraid: I've been fighting off a nasty late-spring cold, reading the fascinating Art of Memory (by Frances Yates) and the intriguing Taming of Chance (by Ian Hacking), writing some final revisions to my dissertation proposal, and finishing up my work as a lector for the writing program. One of these days I'll post my commentary on Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots and Leaves and my thoughts on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, but until I do, here's a tiny tidbit to tide you over:

CORRECTION OF THE WEEK. If not the month. From today's Boston Globe (not online yet):

Because of a reporting error, Dr. Arleigh Dygert Richardson III, former teacher at Lawrence Academy in Groton, was described in his obituary yesterday as favoring tacky pants with tweed jackets and Oxford shirts. Dr. Richardson favored khaki pants.

The quotation above is from Dan Kennedy's Media Log, and the correction is one of my favorites of all time. Other contenders include a New York Times correction (noting that an article on Israel had translated a name as meaning "poisonous snack" instead of "poisonous snake") and a Washington Post correction of a photo caption that had mistakenly said that Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings was actually Hank Aaron (or perhaps vice versa).

Posted by Ed at May 29, 2004 12:22 PM

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