Shady Characters has been on sale for over a week, and now that the furore has died down a little I thought I’d collect links to all the articles I wrote in support of the book. Some of these have already been featured here; others were posted on Twitter, Facebook and so on, and a few more are new. Without further ado, then, and in no particular order, here you are:
- K. Houston, “Smile! A History of Emoticons,” Wall Street Journal, 2013.
- K. Houston, “The Rise and Fall of the Pilcrow, Part I,” Lexicon Valley, 2013.
- K. Houston, “8 Punctuation Marks That Are No Longer Used,” The Huffington Post, 2013.
- K. Houston, “The List: Keith Houston on four unusual punctuation marks,” Financial Times, 2013.
- K. Houston, “The History of \#—and 6 Other Symbols that Rule Twitter (and the Web),” Time.com, 2013.
- K. Houston, “Irony,” Grammar Girl, 2013.
- K. Houston, “The Ancient Roots of Punctuation,” Page Turner, 2013.
- K. Houston, “The Rise and Fall of the Infamous SarcMark,” The Daily Beast, 2013.
- K. Houston, “The Rise and Fall of the Pilcrow, Part II,” Lexicon Valley, 2013.
- K. Houston, “The Mysterious Manicule,” Lexicon Valley, 2013.
If I had to pick a favourite, it would have to be “The List: Keith Houston on four unusual punctuation marks”, published by the FT; it’s a short article, but that only made it more challenging — and rewarding — to write.
Shady Characters was also (favourably!) reviewed in a number of places:
- I. Sansom, “Shady Characters: Ampersands, Interrobangs and other Typographical Curiosities by Keith Houston – review,” The Guardian, 2013.
- R. Wild, “Shady Characters: Ampersands, Interrobangs and Other Typographical Curiosities by Keith Houston,” The Times, 2013.
- A. Robinson, “Technology: Pulp, pilcrows and interrobangs,” Nature, vol. 501, iss. 7468, pp. 491-491, 2013.
And finally, I was interviewed for both The Atlantic Wire and the local newspaper for my home town, the East Fife Mail. I wonder, can anyone else say that?
- Z. Schonfeld, “Celebrate National Punctuation Day with Thousands of Years of Punctuation History,” The Atlantic Wire, 2013.
- “Full marks for Buckhaven man’s first book,” East Fife Mail, 2013.