Magazine article Verbatim

Ex Cathedra

Magazine article Verbatim

Ex Cathedra

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This issue has been delayed in part, not just because of the usual factors (press of other work, delays of one kind or another that turn days into weeks and weeks into months) but also (I'm sure) because I was procrastinating about writing this particular column. VERBATIM is now thirty volumes old, and I have havered and wavered between wanting to have a big party, as it were, and wanting to just go about our business quietly and not make a big fuss.

So, on the celebratory side, you will have found by this point (unless you start reading from the last page, and if you do, why on earth?) that this issue included some solicited-for-the-occasion pieces from Michael Quinion and Richard Lederer, among others, and (once you turn the page) you will see that our crossword for this issue is a specially-constructed, VERBATIM-themed cryptic. And, if you are near Madison, Wisconsin October 16, you can come out to the Wisconsin Book Festival and hear me talk about VERBATIM on the occasion of this thirtieth volume.

On the quieter, let's-just-have-a-simple-evening-at-home-side--well, this issue is really astonishingly late. …

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