Monday, February 02, 2009

A blog about readings


For those of you who are becoming understandably concerned about the fate of literary readings in the DC area in the wake of closings such as Chapters and Olsson's, and the folding of "Book World" in The Washington Post, a local author and blogger named Mark Athitakis offers one answer: Mark Athitakis’ American Fiction Notes It's a one-stop shop of readings in the region, and to my eye both complete and easy to use. Thank you to Dr. Maurice Jackson for pointing this one out.

NB: He spells the possessive Athitakis', and I spell it Athitakis's. I think I'm one of the last editors who still prefers the full possessive. About 70% of my faculty authors agree with him, not me. The NYTimes agrees with him, too. All I have in my corner is fusty old Strunk & White, and I'm not even a major fan of that volume. ;-)

2 comments:

americanfiction said...

Thanks for the kind words about my blog. You may be interested to hear that I did go back and forth about how to style that possessive. At my old job as an editor at the Chicago Reader, we employed the full possessive. I decided to go without it here for a not-especially-defensible reason: I know my name is difficult to pronounce, and I thought that extra "s" would only help confuse matters. Should I become a household name, I may relax and repair this.

MegDC said...

Please continue to hold out on the full possessive. I thought I was the only one! The thing that puzzles me about the truncation of the "s" is that these words are actually pronounced as if the "s" were there. So why not write it?