Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

"you & i might like to talk about scumbags..."

Editing an article that quotes the Courtney Love lyric, “I’m eating you / I’m overfed” . . .

COPYEDITOR: We have to remove that quote.

What’s wrong with it?

COPYEDITOR:It’s about oral sex.

The whole article hinges on that lyric.

COPYEDITOR:If you want, I can run it past the news desk and see what they say.

Ten minutes later . . .

COPYEDITOR: The news desk says it’s about oral sex.

Tim Ferris raids Neil Strauss's notebooks for his best stories of getting copyedited by the NYT.

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