[marginalia] The Style Sheet : : Tony Tulathimutte

authorphotoTony Tulathimutte is the author of the novel Private Citizens. A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has written for The New York Times, VICE, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, N+1, Playboy, The Paris Review, Salon, The LA Review of Books, Travel + Leisure, and others. His work has received an O. Henry Award and a Macdowell Fellowship.

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Let this be an official apology to my copyeditor, the indefatigable Laura Cherkas, and a hymn of praise for the work copyeditors do with scant praise or recognition. Did you know that HarperCollins fact-checks their novels? And that they not only make lists of every character, every location, and every abbreviation, but a comprehensive timeline of every event in the book with a specific date? I sure didn’t, until, some time after submitting the draft of my novel Private Citizens, I received all of these in a 13-page style sheet, an additional four pages and an annotated manuscript of unbelievably minute queries. The style notes offer a charming glimpse into the copyeditor’s pragmatic, craftsmanly approach to literature: “Author’s prose is very slangy and stylistic; follow him when possible,” one reads (good advice!). Or: “‘God’ capitalized only in direct reference to deity, not in interjections. ‘Jesus’ and ‘Christ’ always capped.”

But the most interesting part of the notes was the seven-page, 720-word list of every word that can’t be found in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, along with proper nouns, noun phrases, and hyphenated phrases. (For the sake of comparison, the list for my friend’s Esmé’s book was half a page long; hence my apology.) Might this be the ideal form of synopsis? Alphabetically indexed, it makes for an impressionistic, spoiler-free sampler. It’s fun to piece together the book’s broad details from the stellated information: “MacBook Air” and “Equality CA” date it early in the millennium; “Folsom Street Fair” and “Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association” place it in San Francisco. Also included are sixteen pornstars, an abundance of medications and diseases, and a few serendipitous pairings—“clickhole” and “cockhole,” or “gagglefuck” and “genderfuck.”

Laura Cherkas, may your bloodline never end.

Words: Spelling/Hyphenation/Usage

3D
5-HTP
802.11n (Wi-Fi)
9/11
10B (adj.)

A/B eardrops
Ad Council
Add/Drop form
Adipost
adjuvant chemo
Adorno, Theodor
advisor
advoutry
AdWords
Ainu
Alena Hemcova
Aline Batistel
Alissa Romei
alrighty
Alternative Spring Break
American Disability Foundation
Anastasia Blue
anti-obesity
anti-runaway
anxietylocks (n.)
ARCO
Arkanoid
Ashlynn Brooke
Asian-American
Asperger’s-y (adj.)
attrib (n.)
auratic (adj.)
Autechre

Baggie
Balvenie
Bangbros
Barr None
batshit
Beats
bell hooks
Ben Savage
Benzedrine
Beyoncé
Bianchi
Big Pharma
Big Sausage Pizza
Big Y
bike sweat
binge-watch (v.)
BitTorrent
bizdev
Björk
blond (adj., m. n.)
blonde (f. n.)
Bloody Marys
blowjob
bobo (n.)
Boing Boing
bougie (adj.)
boytits
breathplay
Bree Olson
B-roll (n.)
brosef
Brylcreemed (v.)
Bubble Yum
bugsplat (n.)
bukkaked
bullous pemphigoid
Burner (n.)
buttcrack
buugeng (n.)

Cabernet
callus (n.)
calloused (adj.)
Caltrain
Cardinal Leader (queried)
CDP-choline
Celexa
Chevy S-10
Chi Omega; “Chi-O”
chinstamp (n.)
Chris Ware
circlejerk
cishet (adj.; cis-hetero)
Citgo
c-kit
Claire Bandit
clickhole
cockhole
consumerdrug
contegrative
coolhunt (v.)
co-op (n.)
cornflakes
couch-surf
coworker
crabdance (v.)
Craigslist
Crunchies Awards
crustpunk
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly
Cum Fiesta

dangle-bangs
data = plural
DAZ Studio
D-Bunker
D.C. al fine
decor
deep-V (n.)
Delta White
DEMO
demo (n.; v.)
Depakote
Department of University Health (Yale; now defunct)
Dermavar (queried)
desi (n.)
dicyclomine
dogfood (v.)
Domme
döner
dongle
donkey-punch (v.)
donut
doppio (n.)
double exceptionalism
douchebag
douchey (adj.)
Drakkar Noir
Dramamine
Drixine
droed (adj.)
dryly
dumbshit
dumbshow
Dumpster
Dumpster-dive (v.)
Duplo blocks
Dyke March

East Coast
e-billing
Effexor
eleuthero
Ellis Act
email
epicanthoplasty
Epilady
Equality CA
Escheresque (adj.)
Excedrin
eyebags
eye-roll (v.)

facade
Family and Children’s Services
fanboy
farmer’s market
Farrokh Bulsara
Fed, the
fentanyl
Fernet Branca
Ferragamos (n.)
filename (n.)
Fiorucci
flat-screen (n., adj.)
flop sweat (n.)
fobby (adj.)
Focus Association
Folsom Street Fair
Food Lion
foofing (v.)
forty-something
Foundation for Independent Living
freemium
fronto-limbic cortex
Fruité
fuck sweat (n.)
fundraise; fundraiser

G4 (handbell)
gagglefuck (adj.)
genderfuck (v.)
Genentech
Giant Eagle
Gmail
Godard, Jean-Luc
good night
Google (n.)
Google (v.)
Gram stain
grok (v.)
gullish (adj.)
gunge (n.)

hacktivist
half-knowledge
Handshake Workshops
hang fire (v.)
hapa (adj.)
hate-squint (n.)
H-E-B
Hennessey, John L.
hi-res
Holland Code
homepage
hoodrat
hotkey (n., v.)
hotpants
HPC cluster
hyponatremic
Hy-Vee

ibanker
ibuprofen
igtheist (n.)
Instron
Internet
ironikitsch (adj.)

jagoff (n.); jag
JavaScript
jazz-handsing (v.)
jeez
jellylegs (n.)
jelqing
J-Church line
Joanna Newsom
Johnny Marr
Jonathan Liebowitz
judgy
Juggalo

Katerina Strougalova
keyframe
Kitsuné Maison
KQED
Korsakoff’s syndrome

ladycanon
laptop-DJ (v.)
lemon fic
Lenka Gaborova
Lexi Belle
lifecasting; lifecast
lightsaber
listicles (n.)
livecast (v.)
livestream (v.)
lo-fi
L-theanine

MacBook Air
Mace
machinima (n.)
Maker Faire
mani-pedi
Marc Jacobs
Marguila
Masturbate-a-Thon
masturbauteur
Master Cleanse
Maxwell’s demon
MC Solaar
McSweeney’s
meetup (n.)
Mental Hygiene wing
Merleau-Ponty, Maurice
mezz out (v.)
mic
Midwest; Midwestern
mini-cupcake
Miss Mowcher
Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association
mixtape
molly (MDMA)
monologuing (v.)
Muni
Mycodome
Myers-Briggs
musclefat (n.)

Nadia Nyce
naive
Nathanael West
NEO PI-R
netbook (n.)
neutraceutical (n.)
Niman Ranch
nojob (n.)
Norelco

norgasm (n.)
Northern California
nutsack
Nvidiaobjet petit

obvi
oculoplastic surgeon
omelet
onscreen
otaku (n., adj.)
oxcarbazepine
OxyContin

panpsychism
pantyhose
pass/fail
Paula Becker
PBR
Percocet
petascale
philanthrocapitalism
Philip K. Dick
Pikachu
pigeon-instinct (n.)
Piggly Wiggly
pinkie (n.)
platha (n.)
Pokémon
Poppy Z. Brite
porta-potty
preshie (adj.)
pre-sob
Pridegoer
Pride Parade
Pride Weekend
pro-lifer
propranolol
prosecco
pseudomonas panophthalmitis
ptotic (adj.)

qi
quinceañera
quotedium

Randall Jarrell
Ransom Center
Ray Kurzweil
RealDoll
real time (n.)
Rec & Park
rednecky
résumé (n.)
Riesling
Ritalin
roadmap (v.)
Robert Scoble
Rosamond Vincy
ro-sham-boed (v.)
Ruger

San Pedro cactus
Sasha Grey
SAT II
sciencizing (n.)
schnockered
scootch (v.)
scotch
Series A
SF Mime Troupe
Shiraz
shitcan (v.)
shitfaced
shitheel
showbiz
Six Thinking Hats
skillsharing
smellshift (v.)
Soapbox Alpha
Socialize
Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory
Soulseek
soup men
sousveillance
South By [Southwest]
spacetime
spittley (adj.)
Sriracha
Stanford Labor Action Coalition
startup
suplex (n.)
supratarsal fold
Steele, Lexington
steez (n.)
stranger-kindness (n.)
stretcherous (adj.)
sweatpants; sweatshorts; sweatclothes
sync

taqueria
TechCrunch
telogen effluvium
Texas Hold’em
The Handshake
They Might Be Giants
thizzed (adj.)
time-on-site (n.)
TLDR-700p
throwed (adj.)
tina (meth)
Topamax
Topshop
Tori Black
transconjunctival blepharoplasty
triamcinolone acetonide
tryna (trying to)
twenty-something (n., adj.)

UGK
ulgh (interjection)
upskirt (n.)

V6-ing
Vagisil
Valleywag
valproic acid
Valtrex
vavooming
voicemail
vulvovaginal lichen planus

Wawa
web
Web 2.0 Expo
webcam
webcomic
West Coast
Western (film genre)
WHEEL & DEAL with Vanya Andreeva
whiteboy (n.)
Wi-Fi
wingtip (shoe)
Winnie Verloc
Wond.er
Woodman
workflow

Xiu Xiu

Zenra
Zygmunt Bauman
ZONE-sama

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