The shortest known interval of time in the universe is that between when I saw this book reviewed in this morning’s Wall Street Journal and my heading to my computer to buy it at amazon (only $10.40!).
I mean, I am passionate about being accurate in what I write and say.
I will go to extreme lengths to do so.
That the author of this new book, Sarah Harrison Smith, was once a fact checker at the very persnickety and fussy New Yorker, and now is head fact checker at the New York Times Magazine, is plenty good enough bona fides for moi.
Ooh, I am so excited about this book’s imminent arrival.
In the book, she discusses how to judge the accuracy of various sources and where to find reliable facts.
I’m am so swooning with delight.
She points out that all errors erode a reader’s or viewer’s trust.
She writes, “When that happens, the presumption of good intentions and integrity of the author – particularly the investigative reporter – will begin to disintegrate.”
I may have mentioned in the past that few things delight me more than finding an error in an old bookofjoe post and then going back and correcting it.
I realize that anyone who’s this excited about this book is a defining example of a nerd.
Hey, I’m down wit dat.