For those of you not in the industry, “TK” is editor-ese for “to come,” as in “still to come.” When text or an illustration is missing from a set of pages, “TK” is the placeholder that reassures the harried editor it’ll be there someday. No, the abbreviation doesn’t quite make sense, and no, we don’t know who first came up with it all those eons ago—it’s a Jurassic Mystery—but we’re using it to promise that some new, fun features will be gracing this site soon. We’ve been waiting to roll these out for a while now, and summer seems like the perfect time to do so. Here’s what’s TK on the AMoS:
1. As an extension of our weekly “Marginalia” feature on our favorite blogs and websites, we’ll be spotlighting our favorite independent bookstores across the country. Being employees of an independent publisher, as well as a bunch of voracious readers, we love independent bookstores and everything they stand for. Naysayers have called theirs a fading industry, but we think they’re more necessary than ever; whenever our fingers start to prune from our daily bath of digital culture, it’s to the bookstore, with its honest old bindings and un-hyperlinked texts, that we escape. (For a related spiel, see #3 below.)
2. Not content with merely adjudicating style, one of our Arbiters will soon be demonstrating it. We’re happy to announce that later this summer, our very own Erin will be exhibiting samples of her photography on this site. No, the Manual isn’t turning into a “photoblog,” but it is becoming, in part, an image exposition.
3. We’ll be recommending and commenting on other online articles more frequently. True, we’ll be no different in this regard from thousands of other sites, but as self-proclaimed Arbiters of Style we’d feel remiss if we didn’t share everything that we’re reading and thinking about. Today we are alarmed by the cold hard truth of this article in The Atlantic (thanks, Arts & Letters Daily), in which we recognize our own attention-deficient, Internet-addled selves. If you’re like us, the article will make you want to run screaming home and read War and Peace—or maybe a long, thoughtful scholarly study on Gustave Courbet.
Finally, you may have noticed the new link at the top of the sidebar, which allows you to subscribe to The Abbeville Manual of Style via email. We’ve been updating Monday through Friday for some time now, and we hope the above list gives you three more good reasons to follow our every post. Um, before you hit the Tolstoy, that is.