Re: RARA-AVIS: Caught Stealing (and Text Editing)

From: AP McQuiddy (
Date: 31 Dec 2006

True, Kent (and Joy) ----- those of us with an eye for language in text often get riled when we find errors in others' work, esp when we are reading for Entertainment (rather than for a paycheck).

When I read for a book review, or read as research toward an interview, I always have a section in my notes titled "Typos". Just can't help it... ;)

I also note Textual Incoherency -- such as you describe, with the misuse of the term "Caught Stealing".

Reminds me of a similar plot-dependent authorial error in an SF novel, THE HERCULES TEXT by Jack McDevitt (his first-published book). This was back in the early 90s, iirc, and the big finish to the plot was Our Hero "erasing" the only copy of a CD-rom of Alien Radio Signals by magnetizing it! Ooooops....

Great eyes, folks -- keep up the good work!

"T. Kent Morgan" <> wrote: Joy wrote in reply to my post about the mistakes on page 7 of Huston's
 Caught Stealing turning me off.
 "No, Kent, you aren't the only one. It happens to me all the time. When I
 trip over dumb mistakes in newspapers, I often send off a letter to the
 editor, but in books, it's too much trouble to figure out where to complain.
 My excuse is that I copyedit for a living."
 Joy, I also edited as a major part of my job in educational communications
 and know how mistakes can still be made. Taking the oopposite position, I
 co-wrote a twice weekly sports column in a daily paper for four years and
 always dreaded my first look at the "finished" product, i.e., what those
 editors did to it and got wrong. In the case of Caught Stealing, my biggest
 problem was the author writing the baseball passage about caught stealing,
 the book's title, and not knowing what the term meant. At least I don't
 think he would have written it the way he did if he did know.
 Kent Morgan

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