Monday, August 17, 2009

Memo to the NY Times Copy-Editors

Guess what's in today's Times obit for David Drew?
After graduating from Cambridge in 1954, Mr. Drew worked as a freelance music critic and as a publicist for Decca Records, for which he wrote liner notes and brochures. His first historical reclamation project was Olivier Messaien, an enthusiasm dating to his Cambridge days, for whom he made a case in several important articles.
"Historical reclamation" of Messiaen in the 1950s, when the composer was alive and well, composing and teaching, with many masterpieces ahead of him?


Anonymous said...

You were too astonished by the silliness in this sentence to notice that the NYT misspelled Messiaen as "Messaien", then you went on to misspell reclamation as "reclaimation". I guess nobody's perfect!

Lisa Hirsch said...

oh my GOD. Thank you for pointing that out. I will fix my posting.