In the 26 October issue Marcus Berkmann reviews Keith Huston’s Shady Characters, a book about punctuation marks. Quote unquote:
The pilcrow (¶) survives as a carriage-return marker in word-processing programs but was originally the sign for a new paragraph on medieval manuscripts. In fact, the indented space that now signifies a new paragraph was put in there for monks to draw in the pilcrow afterwards, only after a while they stopped bothering.
In other punctuation-related news, my current editing project is a new short-story collection by Vincent O’Sullivan. It’s a dream job – I remove a comma from one page and then insert one into the next. That’s all I have to do, really. I’m a comma chameleon.
So here are Culture Club in 1983: