Friday, January 17, 2014

Most Talkative: Corrections

I picked up Andy Cohen's book, Most Talkative, during a recent Barnes and Noble clearance sale. It was an enjoyable read that helped to remind me that I could just enjoy reading a book without worrying about analyzing it or tearing it apart. Yes, it's a worthwhile endeavor to think critically about what you read but there's a difference between a book that you enjoy talking about and a book that you just enjoy. And in the past few years I've lost touch with just reading for pleasure.

Perhaps I'll write a book review someday. There's not much to say. I enjoyed the book but there wasn't a lot to critique. It's a breezy read that you can finish in a day. There's some natural warmth and humor when he isn't trying too hard to make jokes and it's a good read, though it falls off towards the end.

But that is not what this post is. This post is me putting my editor hat on and pointing out the errors I saw. Now, I don't know if this book was reprinted and if my clearance edition is an older version, but if not, these corrections are something to keep in mind for the next edition. I didn't really start paying attention to the errors until my attention starting wandering towards the end of the book so there may be other spelling and grammatical errors elsewhere in Most Talkative.

1. page 196 
Original sentence: "Plus, we had at trick up our sleeves that we didn't even realize was there at first."
Correction: "Plus, we had a trick up our sleeves that we didn't even realize was there at first."

2. page 219 
Original sentence: "Danielle, your ex-husband says you were married to a big Colombian cocaine dealer, were a paid escort, were a raging nymphomaniac, had a bob job, had an eyebrow lift, and are a pathological liar. Comments?"
Correction: "Danielle, your ex-husband says you were married to a big Colombian cocaine dealer, were a paid escort, were a raging nymphomaniac, had a boob job, had an eyebrow lift, and are a pathological liar. Comments?"

Now, this second correction is part of a section taken from audience questions so it's possible that they copied the sentence as it was written.

3. page 249 
Original sentence: "The story really starts my senior in college, on Academy Awards night -the gay Super Bowl."
Correction: "The story really starts my senior year of college, on Academy Awards night -the gay Super Bowl."
Correction: "The story really starts in my senior year of college, on Academy Awards night -the gay Super Bowl."

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