June 26th, 2014

granada holmes

Atlantic piece about history of the typo


Interesting piece about the way early books, certainly pre-the digital age, were more fluid and less prone to get things down just-so before they were printed and consumed by the reader.

I'd like to some day work with this in the Sherlock fandom, perhaps looking at Sherlock's love of all things modern and compare it against a Mycroft who's more drawn to things from older ages when the truth seemed a bit less clear-cut, like literature and philosophy and history from antiquity (you know, that good old public school education...). But I think there's also a lot of room for thought working with this in the Tolkien fandom. Possibly more than in Sherlock, actually. You have the hobbits writing down their stories in books where you have this cultural expectation of getting down what we know just so, and then it's sent off to Gondor where it gets corrections. Or you have more oral cultures like some of the Elves and certainly the Rohirrim, running up against more written-down culture later in their history. Or something like that.

I certainly don't have my legs under me enough to actually do anything with it this week. RL is a bit messy at the moment. But I wanted to be able to find it when I can, and I thought I'd nudge nudge offer it up for anyone else who's interested in the topic and wants to write up something around this bit of history as well.