Last week, in The Chicago Manual of Style's "Revising CMOS: Behind the Scenes, part 1," Mary E. Laur wrote for the Seminary Co-op Bookstores blog about some of the surprises she encountered as a member of the revision team.
This week, in part 2, CMOS agreed to post here my interview with principal reviser Russell David Harper.
Russell Harper is the only person on the planet with all of the following qualifications: He has worked as a manuscript editor for the University of Chicago Press for more than a dozen years, and he contributed to the fifteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. For nearly three years, he kept a finger on the pulse of CMOS readers by serving as editor of the online Q&A. He is a technology wonk (I’m sorry, Russell, but I looked it up to make sure, and you are a wonk), with experience in typesetting, proofreading, and printing. And for good measure, he’s a polymath, a published author, and a kind and generous and funny person whose patience and reliability under pressure are legendary.(Continue reading)