Mary Norris: The nit-picking glory of The New Yorker’s Comma

“Copy editing for The New Yorker is like playing shortstop for a Major League Baseball team β€” every little movement gets picked over by the critics,” says Mary Norris, who has played the position for more than thirty years. In that time, she’s gotten a reputation for sternness and for being a “comma maniac,” but this is unfounded, she says. Above all, her work is aimed at one thing: making authors look good. Explore The New Yorker’s distinctive style with the person who knows it best in this charming talk.

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