Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson discuss their great typo hunt
For those of you who like to read books in one hand while holding a pencil in the other, you may want to consider joining the Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL). Your constant mission? Stamp out typos wherever they hide. Your fearless leaders, authors Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson, have written a book devoted to finding typos and, more importantly, the drastic measures they take in correcting them.
The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time is a record of Deck and Herson's adventures searching for typos across America. It was Deck's idea to start a full-out hunt, so on March 5, 2008 the duo set off on a 73-day quest. Along with the usual trip essentials, he added some unusual items: a bunch of Sharpie markers, Wite-out, and a set of personal rules.
From Deck's blog:
I would make a circuit of the United States in search of typos. I intended to raise awareness of the little villains in our midst while striking back on behalf of better spelling and grammar. At the time, I had some basic ideas of what we shouldn't do (like correct a typo at a restaurant before our food had been served).
The duo clearly had fun on their hunt, which easily translates to their book. The Great Typo Hunt is a fun read for anyone, but is especially great for editors and editors-at-heart. (We imagine the editing process was extra rigorous considering the content.) But it was not all fun and games--they actually ended up pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for correcting something they shouldn't have.
Deck and Herson are currently on the circuit yet again, this time reading from their book The Great Typo Hunt instead of writing it. Catch them at Magers & Quinn Booksellers on Sunday, September 5 at 4 p.m.
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