February 9, 2013
On the Editor-Lawyer Relationship: "Take an Excedrin Before Reading"
That's the advice suggested by Jack Limpert for reading his What It’s Like to be Questioned by Lawyers post on About Writing and Editing blog. See also My Favorite Lawyer Moment. Limpert, who was Editor of The Washingtonian from 1969 to 2009, has more to say about lions and tigers and lawyers, oh my, at Five Ways Editors Are Driven Crazy by Lawyers. About this post, ATL's Elie Mystal wrote "Here are five reasons why editors hate lawyers. Of course, when the editors are lawyers, you just kind of end up hating yourself."
Before you get the impression that the editor-lawyer theme is the central topic covered in the About Writing and Editing blog, check out posts like Nine Things Good Copyeditors Do by Bill O’Sullivan, also a veteran of The Washingtonian, and On Writing: Unearthing a Lost Language by Mike Feinsilber who "joined UP in 1957, and stayed long enough to witness the sun set on the use of wirespeak". [JH]