Your first assignment is to buy The Best American Essays 2003 and read Donald Antrim's "I Bought a Bed," one of the inspirations for this blog, and an essential one. In fact, I dedicate this blog to Antrim. My admiration for this essay, plus his next recollection (also published in the magazine), is gigantic. Read Katha Pollitt's "Learning to Drive" in the same collection—it's very moving and funny, and she's my friend, so all the more reason if you unthinkably missed it the first time.
Reviews of current issue to come. Copy editors (do you prefer one word or two? I go back and forth)—I'm going to need you. Serial comma or no? Feelings about full sentences in parentheses? Newspaper copy editors who can't stand one-sentence grafs, or dig them? You're among friends here.
Hello! I’m Emily Gordon, an editor, critic, copywriter, and pre-web internet nut. Emdashes, born in 2004, spent many years as a New Yorker fan blog. The project garnered some nice compliments and press.
The blog’s now treading the territories of punctuation, publications, movies, design, and other things that stir me.
Over the years, I’ve worked with a brilliant brigade of culture writers, editors, and artists. You can read all about the people who've helped build Emdashes here at “Who We?” (That’s a New Yorker joke. Old habits die hard.)
I welcome submissions, questions, corrections, and ardent, obsessive contributors. I also host occasional book-related contests and giveaways. Questioners and publishers, just email me.
Jennifer Hadley designed the original Emdashes pencil logo, based on a 1943 Dorothy Gray ad.