With our chief sub Mike on a wellearned break, Hanley stepped in to ensure the good ship GQ was sailing smoothly. Or something like that.
GOT A FAVOURITE FEATURE IN THIS ISSUE?
I was fascinated by the hacking story (p188). It’s amazing how technology can potentially be misused if in the wrong hands – those sci-fi writers might be onto something. Just don’t read it before boarding a flight.
THE MOST COMMON WRITING MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE?
When you look at a sentence and it contains more than a handful of commas, break it up into two shorter ones. Also, avoid the temptation to make your writing sound fancy with big words and lots of clauses. Simplicity is a skill.
ANY OTHER PET PEEVES?
I have a massive issue with book and film names that are written in title case, where only the principal words are capitalised. I know it’s the linguistic standard – and the house style at GQ – but I think Every Word Deserves A Capital Letter. I still want to take out a pen and edit those movie posters when I walk past them.
YOU’RE FIRED. ONLY JOKING – WHERE DO YOU HEAD FOR INSPIRATION?
This isn’t very literary but Instagram is my first stop. I like @penguinbooksaus for what to add to my ‘to read’ list, and @subwaybookreview for a look into strangers’ bookcases and lives.