johnsu01 (johnsu01) wrote,


I noticed a couple of weeks ago that in their feature article about her, the New York Times insisted on capitalizing danah boyd's name, even though she does not do so herself.

I pointed this out to Mako, who commented that "the nyt style guide is a formidable adversary." (Observe the downcasing of nyt.)

While finally getting to the Sunday magazine from the same issue this morning over breakfast in my hotel, I stumbled on this sentence in the article about George Lucas:

They'll be like the experimental movies Lucas made in the 1960s, around the time he was at U.S.C. film school, when he recorded clouds moving over the desert and made a movie based on an E. E. Cummings poem.

"E. E. Cummings"! I guess they really don't make exceptions for anyone. Well, except for the fact that uppercase might be the correct spelling for him. Somehow, I don't think the NYT cares.

The movie referenced is "anyone lived in a pretty (how) town". Lucas is lucky that E. E. Cummings was not alive to pull a droid on him.

And yes, the NYT has also occasionally even capitalized the name of the poem.

Tags: danah boyd, diary, ee cummings, george lucas, language, mako, poetry
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