RE­BECCA HAN­LEY

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SUBEDITOR

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.

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